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How nurses can plant the seeds of civility

Healthcare organisations can be likened to an aspen grove, in which a single seedling can reinvigorate an entire system
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Healthcare organisations can be likened to an aspen grove, in which a single seedling can reinvigorate an entire system

The ever-evolving dynamic of interaction and communication between individuals in a healthcare system can be compared to that of an aspen grove: a single, vast connection in which a tiny sprout can create incredible change and transformation.

Like an aspen grove, the process for fostering organisational civility can begin with a single seedling of change. This grows and spreads by sending out runners, which take deep root to fortify, reinforce and strengthen the system. This one tiny seedling for change serves to enrich, reinvigorate and transform the organisation.

While there is strong evidence that organisational and leadership support fosters civility and a healthy work environment, the role of individual nurses in this cannot be underestimated.

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