NP's...how about women in general? How about men? How about people?
I agree a smile can be contagious. Funny movies are healing. Why just NP's? Oh I just reread, because of their 'independent and authoritative role'.
In a customer service oriented business a smile is very calming and refreshing for me personally. Who wants a grumpy angry nurse even if they are an NP?
Being constantly short staffed and jumping through bureaucratic hoops really helps with a sincere smile.
Sometimes you just gotta fake it to make it in the smile dept. if you can but life is real and so are our emotions. Sometimes it's just so hard to do.
On top of everything else the people we are caring for are sometimes dealing with the most horrific events of their loves involving them or their loved ones which can be sad for us too. Yes, a sincere caring smile could help from anyone at times like these.
Nurses/people can become great actresses in the smile department and then sometimes we just can't do it any longer.