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January 20, 2022
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Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation Partners with Healthcare Experts to Publish Top 5 Actions to Support Care Team Well-being
Evidence-based resources offer immediate solutions to safeguard the healthcare workforce
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation today announced a collaboration with healthcare experts from renowned associations and medical institutions across the country to create the 2022 Healthcare Workforce Rescue Package. This resource will be distributed to health system executives to support the well-being of nurses, doctors, and other team members at the current stage of the pandemic. The group launched the package and published the first-of-its-kind list that prioritizes the five most critical actions that health systems leaders can take to safeguard the emotional and psychological needs of healthcare workers.
The five recommendations include:
- These are non-normal times: adjust expectations.
- Get rid of stupid stuff.
- Get radical to shore up staffing.
- Designate a well-being executive.
- EAP is not enough! Do more.
“We’re honored to work alongside this esteemed group of medical experts to provide tangible solutions to the common roadblocks facing our healthcare workforce,” said Corey Feist, co-founder, and president of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation. “Through eliminating or reducing these administrative challenges, our healthcare heroes can focus more on treating patients, and less on the tasks that have led to such high levels of burnout.”
The collaboration founders felt compelled to combine their expertise to define and share a succinct message and accessible toolkit to help support clinicians and other care team members systemwide, seeing only long-term recommendations and no industry consensus on tactical, short-term strategies.
“Care teams can’t wait for long-term solutions,” said Tina Shah, Principal, TNT Health Enterprises, and co-chair of the effort. “They need support right now for the trauma they’ve experienced for the past two years. This list tells leaders which critical resources they need to have in place immediately, even as they are planning for longer-term changes.”
The collaboration comprises leading experts with experience and passion around protecting the safety and well-being of the healthcare workforce:
- Heather Farley, MD, MHCDS, FACEP, Chief Wellness Officer, ChristianaCare; member of CHARM Chief Wellness Officer Network (Co-Chair)
- Tina Shah, MD, MPH, Principal, TNT Health Enterprises LLC (Co-Chair)
- Elisa Arespacochaga, MBA, VP, Workforce & Clinical Affairs, American Hospital Association
- Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, SVP and CNO, American Hospital Association and CEO, American Organization of Nursing Leadership
- Liz Boehm, Executive Strategist, Vocera and Learning Community Lead, CEO Coalition
- J. Corey Feist, JD, MBA, President, Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation
- Jessica Perlo, MPH, Senior Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
- Christine A. Sinsky, MD, VP Professional Satisfaction, American Medical Association
To access the 2022 Healthcare Workforce Rescue Package, click here. The package includes top resources for accessing and developing peer support programs, crisis documentation protocols, voluntary team redeployment, rapid improvement processes, psychological first aid training, and more. The collaborators encourage leaders to act quickly on these resources, for healthcare workers to use the list as an advocacy tool to foster more action, and for all stakeholders to promote the importance of safety and well-being of healthcare professionals.
The Rescue Package was developed in collaboration with the NAM Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being & Resilience and is derived from the NAM’s Resource Compendium for Health Care Worker Well-Being.
About the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation
The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation’s mission is to reduce burnout of health care professionals and safeguard their well-being and job satisfaction. We envision a world where seeking mental health services is universally viewed as a sign of strength for health care professionals. For more information or to contact the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation, please visit https://drlornabreen.org.