Handbook of Research on Stress and Well-Being in the Public Sector
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Handbook of Research on Stress and Well-Being in the Public Sector

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Silvia Pignata

This timely Handbook addresses the concepts of stress and well-being among workers in various public sector roles and occupations across the globe. Emphasizing the importance of well-being and stress prevention initiatives in ever-changing workplace environments, this Handbook highlights successful organizational initiatives and provides insight into best practice for promoting healthy employees and workplaces. Containing contributions from leading international experts in their respective fields, the contributors hope that this multi-disciplinary Handbook will help to enhance the health and well-being of public sector employees.
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Chapter 17: Developing nurse leaders for well-being and performance

Margaret M. Hopkins and Deborah A. O’Neil


Nurse leaders are working in a complex and fast-changing environment. Thus, the subject of nurse leaders’ well-being is important to explore. Factors that contribute to their overall well-being have been identified as social support and a collaborative culture, autonomy in their work, and the meaning of their leadership roles. The authors conducted a survey of nurse leaders in hospital settings to confirm these general findings, as well as to ascertain additional elements of their well-being. They discovered that positive relations, personal growth, and purpose in life were the three predominant dimensions of well-being for nurse leaders. Strategies for individual nurse leaders to develop their well-being in each of these dimensions as well as organizational recommendations are presented.

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