Explore the latest research, news, and developments in the world of wellness in this installment of the Well-Being Weekly. Get caught up on this week's biggest stories surrounding mental health and well-being in the healthcare industry, provided by Well-Being Index experts Patrick McNally and Sunny Prabhakar.
How the Well-Being Index helps organizations improve mental health during COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the well-being of our medical workforce, health systems, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations are searching for the most efficient and effective ways to support their staff. As a validated tool designed by physicians at Mayo Clinic to identify an organization's most-distressed groups and provide immediate, customized support, the Well-Being Index has been the first choice for many.
Read our most recent blog to learn about how you can utilize the key aspects of the tool to make it an incredibly effective option for understanding and supporting the mental health of your staff during the pandemic.
How nurses are being affected by COVID-19
In a recent article titled 'The Sad Plight of Burnout among America's Frontline Nurses,' Dr. H. Steven Moffic discusses how we must shift our focus on physician burnout to encompass and support all frontline providers, especially nurses. Moffic, a burnout expert and resident psychiatrist of the Talk Ten Tuesdays weekly broadcast, states that a wide variety of systemic obstacles are causing nurse burnout, including inadequate equipment for treatment and safety, understaffing, and overloaded hospitals.
"About half [of frontline nurses] seem to be experiencing significant mental health challenges. These challenges include distressing anxiety, fear, sadness, trauma, and poor sleep, and combinations of all of these and more." He went on to explain how organizations can support their staff during the pandemic, stating "the most important help can come from administrators, to help set up systems that allow for helping the patients as best as possible, that engage staff in planning, and that monitor the helpers’ well-being."
Read the full interview transcript at the article link above to learn more about Dr. Moffic's background and what strategies providers can utilize to maximize their mental health.
The alarming state of nurse well-being
According to the most recent Well-Being Index data gathered from over 58,000 assessments, nurses were the group with the largest percentage of individuals operating at a high level of distress, at over 47%. This alarming data, published in the State of Well-Being 2019 Report, also showed that over 52% of nurses reported feeling burned out and over 54% reported emotional problems such as feeling anxious, depressed, or irritable.
Nurses are one of the most important groups that we must support when developing organizational wellness programming. For more data regarding distress and well-being among nurses and other healthcare providers, download the State of Well-Being 2019 Report by clicking the link above.
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