Beyond Trail Blazing: A Roadmap for New Healthcare Ethics Leaders (and the People Who Hire Them)
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This article is intended to serve as a roadmap to help new healthcare ethics leaders establish or renew an ethics program in a healthcare organization. The authors share a systemic step-by-step process for navigating this early career passage. In this paper, we describe five critical success strategies and provide explanations and concrete tools to help get you on the road to success as quickly and painlessly as possible. We will discuss how to define your role; diagnose your organization’s needs; build important relationships; and develop a strategic plan for starting or revitalizing an ethics program. We also review some of the more personal challenges that may be encountered along the way, and identify social supports and self-care strategies. The advice we provide grows out of reflections on our collective experience as new ethics leaders in three Ontario healthcare organizations.
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- 1. Office of Bioethics, Queen’s University, 78 Barrie Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 2N6, Canada
- 2. Kingston General Hospital, 78 Barrie Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 2N6, Canada
- 3. Hamilton Health Sciences, 1F9-1200 Main St. West, Hamilton, ON, L8N 3Z5, Canada
- 4. Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
- 5. London Health Sciences Centre, 375 South St, London, ON, N6A 4G5, Canada