Studies show that the implementation of these components leads to positive patient outcomes and happier, more productive work environments (Menschner & Maul, 2016).  Transformational leaders recognize the importance of these characteristics and encourage colleagues to understand that cultures of empowerment, choices, collaboration, safety, and trustworthiness is essential to a well-run healthcare system (Riggio, 2016).

Understanding trauma informed care helps us better understand ourselves and the reasons for our own behaviors. It has helped me recognize my reactions to situations and their differences depending on the environment or people present.  It really helps create a picture of hope and empowerment for colleagues when one focuses on strengths and can help a person recognize and build off them.  Respect, support, a manageable amount of conflict, consistency, accountability, and open communication yield positive results in a healthcare system. Organizations tend to focus on implementing trauma informed care for patients, but I think utilizing this concept in every interaction helps one recognize where a person is at and helps adapt the leadership or teaching style to fit the other person’s needs.

Thanks again! -Kerry


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Riggio, R. (2014). What Is Authentic Leadership? Do You Have It? Retrieved from