Healthcare workers face diverse and growing on-the-job stress exposures

Other than burnout, what hurts for healthcare workers and learners?

Healthcare workers face diverse and growing on-the-job stress exposures Clinicians and other healthcare workers, as well as trainees and students, face diverse, cumulative, and synergistic toxic exposures that can lead to distress. While the healthcare industry is focused on burnout – which is no doubt important — many other distressing exposures affect individuals. These include: microaggressions and open racism sexual ...
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Resilience Assessments Reveal Risks to Employees and Organizations

Resilience Assessments Reveal Risks to Employees and Organizations

Though burnout and trauma exposure have different causes and symptoms – and require different interventions and remedies – it’s well established that both are highly toxic to the wellbeing, resilience, and health of employees. Particularly concerning is that those “helpers” working in demanding environments – humanitarian aid workers, armed forces, and all types of emergency responders. Certainly, they suffer from ...
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Organizations must mitigate occupational trauma and its effects

Organizations must mitigate occupational trauma and its effects

Trauma. We encounter it just about everywhere we look these days. We absorb it through news stories of victims and from witnesses of violent plots, shootings, and cruelty. We feel it through natural disasters, poverty, and homelessness. You don’t have to be someone’s mother to ache with empathy and compassion for those suffering from such horrific experiences. For many, news ...
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9/11 Post-Traumatic Stress

Reflections on 9/11 and the Suffering of Our Helpers

Although it’s been two weeks since the anniversary and remembrances of 9/11, I find myself still reflecting on how it changed the lives of so many, including my own. The horrors of that day occurred only two months after I started my residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. For me, once I was able to see through my own ...
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Flatlined Connectedness: Reviving Healthcare Teams in a Disconnected Culture

In our first blog in the Connectedness Series, we discussed the benefits and drawbacks that the advancement of technology has on connectedness in the workplace especially as it impacts the healthcare arena. However, technology is impacting connectedness in many workplaces, which makes us ask, “What is unique about physicians?” The presenters I heard suggested that the medical training process itself ...
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The Gift of Mindful Listening: Creating Connection and Wellbeing For Healthcare Providers And Their Patients

Deaf physicians are often credited by their patients as having more apt listening skills than their hearing counterparts. Dr. Philip Zazove, Chairman of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan and a champion for deaf and hard of hearing physicians nationally says that patients frequently tell him, “I love the way you look at me and listen to me.” This ...
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National Alliance Hosts Leadership Summits: Care for Caregivers Among Their Forward-Thinking Topics

Thoughts from Nancy Spangler, PhD, Senior Advisor, on her experience at the NAHPC Leadership Summit (Dallas, March 14-15, 2018) I represented Greenleaf Integrative as a panelist at the National Alliance for Healthcare Purchaser Coalition’s annual leadership summit on March 14 – 15, 2018. The National Alliance, led by Mike Thompson, brings together expertise, resources, and leadership to business coalitions and their employer ...
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2017 CENTILE Conference

Addressing Burnout and Building Resiliency—Is Anyone Doing It Well in Healthcare?

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 conference ...
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