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Running head: THE IMPACT OF INTRINSIC MOTIVATION1The Impact of Intrinsic MotivationMelissa CahillWalden University NURS 6221, Managing Human ResourcesJanuary 20, 2017
INTRINSIC MOTIVATION2The Impact of Intrinsic MotivationManagers within a healthcare organization need to be able to create a positive culture thatinspires engagement, satisfaction, and success within their department (Muha & Manion, 2010). Intrinsic motivation is inspiring front-line staff to use what is within them to motivate themselves. “When intrinsic motivators are present, an individual is more likely to feel energized and passionate about his or her work” (Manion, 2011, p. 297). Intrinsic motivators that are critical to promote a positive culture include healthy relationships, meaningful purpose, competence, choice and progress (Manion, 2011). According to Laureate Education (2012), if the motivation comes from within them, the leader does not always have to be physically present. The purpose of this paper is to identify intrinsic motivators involved within a positive ornegative job situation, as well as ways a leader can implement a culture of engagement using intrinsic motivators. Period of Professional FulfillmentThe period where the author felt the most professionally fulfilled was approximately three years ago, when she was employed in surgical/trauma intensive care unit (ICU) at a university teaching facility. During this time, she was employed, as a staff nurse performing primary care for patients, yet the care was challenging involving procedures the author had neverperformed previously. The position allowed the author to step out of her comfort zone and challenge herself and her nursing practice on a daily basis. In addition, the organization and the management team were constantly encouraging staff to further develop their nursing practice by pursuing advanced education or certification within their field. Not only that, but the organization supported this by assisting with additional education using classes such as critical care and certification review courses. The encouragement and coaching from the leaders within
INTRINSIC MOTIVATION3the organization was aligned with the intrinsic motivators of meaningful purpose and competence.

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