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job satisfaction, nursing role, nursing vocation, professional growth



  1. Bouws, Melissa
  2. Weeda, Janet


ABSTRACT: Novice nurses and those new to academic leadership roles may question their career choice when fulfillment and joy are elusive. Resolving these questions often means revisiting the vocation and calling that led nurses to the profession. The authors describe how support from others and gratitude, as well as spiritual awareness, contribute to job satisfaction; a case study illustrates the journey from novice to career-satisfied professional nurse.