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1The Impact of Intrinsic MotivationNicholas S. LaFata BSN, RNWalden UniversityNURS 6221, Managing Human ResourcesJanuary 16, 2019
2In the healthcare field, the health and wellness of the patients frequently takes priority over the welfare of the staff providing care. The combination of long hours, heavy patient assignments, and overtime related to staffing shortages leaves little time for self-reflection into how any team member feels emotionally or physically. The ongoing fatigue from long hours, demanding patient assignments, and unpredictable scheduling can distract individuals from the positive or rewarding aspects from their work. The combination of challenge and reward according to Morse (2012), can be directly related to happiness and fulfillment at work. The purpose of this paper is to identify and analyze a period of time when I felt professionally fulfilled and conversely a period of time when I felt professionally unfulfilled. Professional Fulfillment In drawing from my own years of professional experience, I have found nursing management one of the most difficult, exhausting, and professionally fulfilling careers I have had. In appraising the years, I have been in nurse management them also exists times when I have been unfulfilled and discontent with managing teams of nurses. I have always found a feeling of professional fulfillment when my assigned team has accomplished their given assignments well despite challenges. A particular time I felt professionally fulfilled is after I was completing my first year as a nurse manager on a small medical telemetry unit. The unit consisted of eleven beds that included four step down beds, three negative pressure rooms, and an on-site telemetry monitoring desk.