Empowering workers and supporting their emotional, physical, social, intellectual, spiritual and even financial health are necessary steps to allow the healthcare workforce perform their mission to the best of their abilities. The following resources can assist healthcare facilities care for the caregiver, which will, in turn, strengthen patient care.
- GOAL 1. CREATE POSITIVE WORK ENVIRONMENTS: Transform health care work systems by creating positive work environments that prevent and reduce burnout, foster professional well-being, and support quality care. GOAL 2. CREATE POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS: Transform health professions education and training to optimize learning environments that prevent and reduce burnout and foster profession...» Full ArticleThe changing landscape of the U.S. health care system – how care is provided, documented, and reimbursed – has had profound effects on clinical practice and the experiences of the professionals who provide patient care (“clinicians”), students and trainees in the clinical learning environment (“learners”), and patients and their families. Mounting system pressures have contributed t...» Full ArticleThe Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts has announced the winners of its annual WorkWell Massachusetts Awards, recognizing employers that show outstanding performance in worksite health promotion, which includes programs to address workers’ physical and mental health, social connectedness, community involvement, and financial security. The application process for the awards asked empl...» Full ArticleWhat we need to do differently to generate enthusiasm and increase participation. There is definitely an art to creating enthusiasm and generating participation in your company’s worksite wellness initiative. From our perspective, based on practices of Well Workplace Award winning companies, we suggest organizing your participation with the some ideas. Read more... ...» Full ArticleWhat is Total Worker Health? Most employers want to keep their workers safe and healthy at work. However, they may not see how the job itself—the characteristics of the work, how it is designed and completed each day–can also play an important part in their workers’ health, well-being, and performance. In 2011, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Center...» Full ArticleThe Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) and Population Health Alliance (PHA) are pleased to present (herein referred to as “Guide”),a core set of metrics for the evaluation of employee health management programs. After two years and countless hours of research and discussions by more than 60 members of both organizations and many outside experts, HERO and PHA are responding to e...» Full ArticleWellness is the active pursuit to understand and fulfill your individual human needs—which allows you to reach a state where you are flourishing and able to realize your full potential in all aspects of life. Every person has wellness aspirations. Successful workplace wellness initiatives require supporting employees in fulfilling their needs in seven areas. Read more... ...» Full ArticleBy choosing to implement a Workplace Wellness Program you are making a smart investment in the health and productivity of your people and your organization. This toolkit will help you get started by providing step-by-step instructions on how to create one of the most important elements of your program: the Workplace Wellness Committee. Inside the toolkit you’ll find helpful tips, tools a...» Full ArticleWhen was your last ophthalmology visit? For some healthcare leaders, it’s time to correct their tunnel vision when it comes to patient satisfaction metrics and data. You can improve the patient experience by investing in employees Employees who use their strengths provide a better patient experience The right metrics help you monitor and measure employee needs Read more… ...» Full ArticleThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports efforts nationwide to reduce the risk factors associated with childhood and adult obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke through its State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health (State Public Health Actions) program. Through a federal gra...» Full ArticleFor many of us, relaxation means zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. You can do this by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, and yoga. Fitting these activities into you...» Full ArticleMHA and our colleagues throughout the state thank Congressman Richard Neal for his tireless advocacy in making sure we have the clinicians we need to address the #opioid crisis. We join Congressman Neal in supporting the Opioid Workforce Act. #mapoli Read more... ...» Full ArticleAt its core, addressing burnout is about helping care teams recapture the joy and purpose. The goal is not simply an absence of burnout; but to cultivate a culture of well-being so clinicians can best care for their patients. Burnout and well-being are complex cultural issues with no off-the-shelf fix. Hospital and health system leadership must believe in the importance of clinician well-being a...» Full ArticleNational Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning....» Full ArticleEmployee wellness programs have become a staple in many corporations as a way to attract top talent, keep them happy and productive, and decrease employee turnover. The key to having a successful corporate wellness program is by encouraging overall well-being while still keeping it fun (see #57 for a perfect example). If you can’t get your team engaged then your wellness program ideas will quick...» Full ArticleWorksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts (WWCMA) announced the winners of its annual WorkWell Massachusetts Awards program aimed to recognize Massachusetts employers for their exemplary work in worksite health promotion. Five of the six Gold Award recipients were MA hospitals. As well as of only two Innovator Awards, one was a MA hospital. The Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts (WWCMA...» Full ArticleThe demands of caregiving can be overwhelming, especially if you feel that you’re in over your head or have little control over the situation. If the stress of caregiving is left unchecked, it can take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind—eventually leading to caregiver burnout. And when you’re burned out, it’s tough to do anything, let alone look after someone else....» Full ArticleWith increasing demands on time, resources, and energy, in addition to poorly designed systems of daily work, it’s not surprising health care professionals are experiencing burnout at increasingly higher rates, with staff turnover rates also on the rise. Yet, joy in work is more than just the absence of burnout or an issue of individual wellness; it is a system property. It is generated (or not)...» Full ArticleIf you work in the wellness industry, I’d like you to consider yourself part of a “helping profession”. Just like nurses, teachers, counselors, first responders or nonprofit leaders, you come to the office every day with the overall mission of helping those in need. Read more…...» Full ArticleCPH-NEW is a NIOSH Total Worker HealthTM Center for Excellence. This program was supported by NIOSH Grant Number U19-OH008857.A free online continuing education program on causes, impacts, and prevention strategies to deal with job stress.The online program consists of 4 modules to educate nurses on the latest research on job stress concepts, stressors in the healthcare workplace, the impact...» Full ArticleIn 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its landmark report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System , which revealed that a significant number of people die annually from medical errors. The report spurred two decades of action on the part of hospitals and health care professionals to improve patient safety. The IOM, renamed the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), is now add...» Full ArticleSharing Knowledge to Combat Clinician Burnout. Click here to find articles, research studies, and other resources ...» Full ArticleThe Schwartz Center leads a movement to bring compassion to every healthcare experience. One of the most powerful ways we advance compassion is by honoring caregivers who provide truly compassionate care–care that is supportive, respectful and kind....» Full Article
IHI created a white paper to serve as a guide for healthcare organizations to engage in a participative process where leaders ask colleagues at all levels of the organization, “What matters to you?” — enabling them to better understand the barriers to joy in work, and co-create meaningful, high-leverage strategies to address these issues.»Full Article
The Mayo Clinic conducted a study that demonstrates that a 12-week in-person stress management and resilience intervention led to a statistically important and clinically meaningful improvement in happiness, satisfaction with life, and gratitude in healthcare workers.»Full Article
This toolkit has helpful tips, tools and resources you can use to recruit, organize and manage an effective in-house wellness committee that drives results.»Full ArticleTranslate »