Gift of Life Institute Blog

Maintaining Professional Boundaries

By Cherry Wise, PhD | September 1, 2019

Professional boundaries are vital in OPO work because we are working on a deep level with vulnerable people. We have a responsibility to them to do things to the best of our ability and to ensure that our help and support does not damage or disenfranchise them.


The Importance of Active Listening

By Patricia Mulvania, RN, BSN, CPTC | July 15, 2019

Active listening builds strong relationships and, while it may not come naturally to many of us, it’s an invaluable communication skill.


Helping Children Say Goodbye

By Cherry Wise, PhD | May 10, 2019

In almost every loss, there is an affected child—or children. When adults are in the midst of taking in the news and making the many decisions that arise, it may be hard for them to maintain awareness of the needs of the children in the family.



Engaging the Physician

By Elizabeth Spencer, BS, MPH | January 9, 2019

Engaging the physician is an invaluable component of the OPO-hospital partnership and an important strategy for cultivating and strengthening physician relationships.


The Art and Science of Leadership

By Theresa A. Daly | November 14, 2018

Organizations committed to donation and transplantation are facing complex challenges that require the rapid development of leaders. Now, more than ever, leaders must: learn and deploy core management skills; develop a broad strategic perspective; take their leadership skills to the next level; expand their professional and personal networks.


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