State-Level Impact through "Caring for the Caregivers" Begins Right Here in Virginia

JANUARY 19 – hear Corey’s testimony, which preceded the unanimous passing of HB 1573 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This bill will remove invasive mental health questions from licensing applications for ALL licensed healthcare professionals in Virginia.

ALL IN: Caring for Virginia’s Caregivers Initiative Launches to Improve and Protect Clinician’s Mental Health and Well-Being

December 14, 2022 – The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA), the Virginia Nurses Association (VNA) and the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) are jointly supporting a new statewide initiative to enhance healthcare organizational efforts to protect the mental and emotional well-being of healthcare professionals.

Give Health Care Workers the Mental Health Support They Deserve

Advocating for health care workers has become an essential part of our day-to-day. In March, we were proud to see the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act enacted to provide $135 million for programs aimed at supporting the mental health and well-being of health workers. However, while this was a welcome first step, it’s only the beginning of the work needed to protect our clinicians.

The Licensure & Credentialing Tool Kit

We have created a Licensure & Credentialing Strategy Tool Kit, which is being embraced by health systems and state medical board across the country. This resource is already changing lives for healthcare workers, but licensure remains unchanged in nearly 2/3 of U.S. states. Change in your local area can start here!

Introducing the #LornaBreenLaw!

March 18, 2022: This Law is not just for Lorna, but for every single health care worker in the United States. To our health care workers and their families: we see you, we hear you, this is for you. The #LornaBreenLaw is a recognition of your tireless work and a response to the overwhelming need to heal our healers.

THE PROBLEM

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers faced elevated rates of burnout, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicide. Now more than ever we must support the well-being of our healthcare workforce.

400

 physicians die by suicide each year.

2x

physicians and nurses die by suicide at 2x the rate of the general population.

200%

burnout has been shown to cause a 200% increase risk in medical errors.

62%

of nurses and 42% of doctors are feeling burned out while battling COVID-19.

It’s critical that we support the mental health of those on the front line of healthcare.

We ask that health care organizations develop real strategies to address the root cause of burnout.

Dr. Lorna Breen

About Lorna

Dr. Lorna Breen was a sister, a daughter, a friend and a physician. She spent her career in practice at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan and became the director of the emergency room at the Allen Hospital in 2008.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

We are working across the health care industry, with national associations, health systems, and both the state and federal governments to bring resources to clinicians who are desperately in need of help.

Are You In Crisis?

Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988 or 800-273-8255 or visit their Website.