Earlier this year, The Washington Post Health and Sciences section posted an article entitled “What I’ve learned from my tally of 757 doctor suicides” by Dr. Pamela Wible (Washington Post, January 13, 2018). Dr. Wible started tracking doctor suicides about five years ago, determined to find the underlying cause after attending 3 doctors’ funerals (death by suicide) in 18 short … Read More
Thoughts from Lori Murphy, Senior Director, on her experience at the CENTILE conference (Washington D.C., October 23-25, 2017) The above question was posed at CENTILE, and the answer will either depress you or validate your beliefs—or perhaps both. The number of organizations lauded as solutions-oriented was strikingly small, and all of those organizations happen to be present at this … Read More
Thoughts from Lori Murphy, Senior Director, on her experience at the Beyond Resiliency Training Conference at MD Anderson in Houston, Sept 25-26 2017 On the tails of destructive Hurricane Harvey, University of Texas MD Anderson Center pushed on with a 2 day conference – Beyond Resiliency Training: Organizational Strategies to Alleviate Burnout and Increase Wellness in Academic Medicine. With a … Read More
Thoughts from Lori Murphy, Senior Director, on her experience at the ACPH Finding Joy in Medicine conference (San Francisco, Oct 12-13, 2017) A group of over 400 healthcare leaders – the majority physicians – convened in the smoky particulate plume of San Francisco last week to attend the American Conference on Physician Health. The theme this year was “Finding … Read More
A recent article in the Washington Post, What’s one of America’s most dangerous jobs? It’s not what you think (Sept 11, 2017) brought attention to the specter of workplace violence that nurses and other healthcare staff face on a daily basis.
Any stress, both positive stress (excitement) and negative stress (nervousness), involves the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS functions in the background every second of our lives. It regulates the human body’s most basic regulatory processes, including breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion.
Imagine you and a friend are going down a sidewalk and a dog lunges at both of you. For you, the incident may be forgotten in a matter of minutes. Your friend, however, has heart palpitations and then he stays in a funk for an hour. Why is this? Read More
Many organizations don’t think about the impacts of stress on their workforce in a systematic way when designing their organizational policy. How could they? Policies grow over time, and often are reactive rather than proactive. These are the key concepts Greenleaf uses to assess the current Stress Responsiveness of an organization and support the leadership in making more stress responsive policy decisions.