Core nursing values brought to life through stories
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Core nursing values brought to life through stories

Beth Perry Associate professor, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University, Canada

Aim To determine what contributes to the professional fulfilment of registered nurses.

Method An interpretive research approach was used to gather data from a large international sample of nurses from a variety of nursing specialties. A web-based data-collection method was developed to solicit and receive submissions.

Findings Nurses who believed they provided high quality care and made strong connections with patients were usually very satisfied with their careers.

Conclusion Nurses who become well satisfied with their career choice live out their core values and engage in interdependence. They entwine themselves in a mutually dependent way with patients, learning and growing together as they share the journey through the care trajectory.

Nursing Standard. 20, 7, 41-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.10.20.7.41.c3985

Correspondence

bethp@athabascau.ca

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review