Smart Nursing: How to Create a Positive Work Environment That Empowers and Retains Nurses

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CHAPTER 6
Integrity:
The Foundation
of Ethical Practice

Integrity is not just a noble idea, it's a tool for personal
and corporate success
.

—Gay Hendricks

Are you faced with the dilemma of maintaining your integrity while constantly adapting to change? Many times, it's hard to know what to change and what to preserve. Sometimes it takes a crisis to differentiate between those who choose honesty as a core value and others who think of integrity as merely a public relations convenience.

Integrity empowers you. Integrity is an antidote to chaos because it increases self-respect. High self-respect creates order in your life because it is the one constant that you can depend on when everything around you is in turmoil.

Integrity has practical advantages because it saves you time and energy. In his book The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck explains the value of honesty this way:

[People] don't have to construct new lies to cover old ones. They need
waste no effort covering tracks or maintaining disguises. And ultimately
they find that the energy required for the self discipline of honesty is far
less than the energy required for secretiveness. (Peck, 1978, p. 63)

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