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Connected Compassionate Care

Sharon Weinstein and I are actively interviewing women in healthcare to better understand their ideas for fixing the broken thinking that exists in healthcare today. The post-pandemic challenges remain intact as healthcare workers trudge through their day in hopes no one on the team calls off creating shortages, increased patient demand, frustration, and exhaustion.

In the last five years, healthcare has turned over 100% of its staff according to 2022 NSI National Healthcare Retention & RN Staffing Report.

Occupational psychologists are now looking into ways to circumvent the rise in burnout, fallout, and the mental health of those that deliver care. The need for more intervention is necessary and Christy Dempsey shared her insights with Sharon and I.

Click below to listen to her ideas for connectedness and compassion.

The NIOSH shared its support for healthcare worker and their families.

What is precipitating the rising issues?

  • Intensely stressful and emotional situations in caring for those who are sick

  • Exposure to human suffering and death

  • Unique pressures from relationships with the patient, family members, and employers

  • Working conditions with ongoing risk for hazardous exposures such as to COVID-19, other infectious diseases, hazardous drugs, and more

  • Demanding physical work and risk of injuries such as from patient handling

  • Long and often unpredictably scheduled hours of work. This is often related to as-needed scheduling, unexpected double shifts, and unpredictable intensity of on-call work.

  • For many health workers, unstable and unpredictable work lives, and financial strain

What do you think we should do to help with the broken healthcare system?

Dina Readinger

Diagnostic Thinking, CEO

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