Courage, Leadership, and End-of-Life Care

When Courage Counts

Karlene M. Kerfoot, PhD, RN, CNAA, FAAN


Nurs Econ. 2012;30(3):176-178. 

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Courage to Change the System

Sustainable change requires that people buy into the change and support it willingly with or without the leader. Mindsets need to be changed. Within the facility, the leader must engage many other principals to support best care for patients and staff at the end of life. The work includes creating trust and a willingness to work together in a system where the incentives are not aligned and personal, professional, ethnic, social, and religious values collide. Courageous leaders do not shy away from this challenge. A plan built around the best care for the patients can integrate with many diverse positions and people.


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