1. Framework for understanding the concept
a. Metaphor: Universe, a balanced, law-abiding, enlarging, limitless landscape
b. Theory: Conservation of a person’s wholeness (Levine)
c. Psychological metaphor: Meaning > Mindfulness
2. Define and characterize Commitment (Article and book sources: Pelegrino & Thomasma, Manion, Fasoli)
a. What does it look like?
b. Influences – Where does it come from?
i. Value/currency – Why is it important?
1. Cost – Personal investment
ii. Informed by Emotional Intelligence
3. Transaction – Applying it to personal relationships, education, work/career, employer, community, belief system
a. Focus on making and gaining emotional commitment
c. Expressing Joy
a. Self-inventories (Meyer & Allen’s Commitment survey; adapted Brickman’s General Commitment Scale for nurses)
b. Personal benefits
c. Benefits in following through on caregiving
iv. Personal fulfillment