Being an exemplary role model: It begins with an optimistic attitude

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    This phenomenological research study focused on a sample of eight registered nurses identified by their colleagues as outstanding. Data were collected by interviewing and observing the participant nurses. Narrative analysis and poetic interpretation were the two routes of data analysis. The major theme revealed was that these outstanding nurses were also excellent role models. The foundation of their effectiveness was the maintenance of an optimistic attitude. The role of the staff development educator in encouraging and supporting optimistic attitudes is described.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)242-248
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal for Nurses in Staff Development
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sep. 2009


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