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  1. Hahn, Judith PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  2. Galuska, Lee PhD, RN, NE-BC
  3. Polifroni, E. Carol EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF
  4. Dunnack, Hayley BS, RN


Nurse managers are an integral part of the healthcare system and have powerful influence at the point of service. The experience of joy and meaning in the work of healthcare contributes to achievement of positive outcomes. This study aimed to learn how nurse managers described joy and meaning in their practice. Results included 5 themes: to mentor and be mentored, to focus on the patient, to create and cultivate environments, to be optimistic, and to be empowered by leaders. The themes are described and illustrated with participant quotes. Specific implications for organizations and leaders are discussed.