Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 30(1) March 2017 : 30-32.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2017.25108

A Leadership Perspective on a Shared Vision for Healthcare

Tracy Kitch


Our country's recent negotiations for a new Health Accord have shone light on the importance of more accessible and better home care. The direction being taken on health funding investments has sent a strong message about healthcare system redesign. It is time to design a healthcare system that moves us away from a hospital-focused model to one that is more effective, integrated and sustainable and one that places a greater emphasis on primary care, community care and home care. The authors of the lead paper (Sharkey and Lefebre 2017) provide their vision for people-powered care and explore the opportunity for nursing leaders to draw upon the unique expertise and insights of home care nursing as a strategic lever to bring about real health system transformation across all settings. Understanding what really matters at the beginning of the healthcare journey and honouring the tenants of partnership and empowerment as a universal starting point to optimize health outcomes along the continuum of care present a very important opportunity. However, as nursing leaders in the health system change, it is important that we extend the conversation beyond one setting. It is essential that as leaders, we seek to design models of care delivery that achieve a shared vision, focused on seamless coordinated care across the continuum that is person-centred. Bringing about real system change requires us to think differently and consider the role of nursing across all settings, collaboratively co-designing so that our collective skills and knowledge can work within a complementary framework. Focusing our leadership efforts on enhancing integration across healthcare settings will ensure that nurses can be important leaders and active decision-makers in health system change. A shared vision for healthcare requires all of us to look beyond the usual practices and structures, hospitals and institutional walls.



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