8Authenticity for Health Care Leaders

Peggy Muhammad

A Registered Nurse’s Perspective

Over the course of more than four decades as a nurse, I have come to learn how important authenticity is in the nursing environment. I decided to explore specifically how I could use authenticity to improve the care of patients and communities, promote healthy lifestyles, commit more to my value system, include diversity, be a better advocate and establish more harmony between body, mind and spirit within myself and my patients.

My research led me to understand what it meant to be authentic. I learned that being authentic meant being a skilled communicator, practicing with heart, establishing nurturing relationships, practicing self-discipline, being true ...

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