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Highlighting the pandemic's emotional cost to 'superhero' staff at RSNA

by John W. Mitchell, Senior Correspondent | January 02, 2022
Risk Management
From the January/February 2022 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

These factors account for a reported burnout rate among hospital staff as high as 76% in some localities, up from 44% in 2017. Resignations increased 3.6% year-over-year. Workers reported they value flexibility (56%) over pay (54%) and job security (47%), according to Johnson. Radiologists, he noted, have an advantage in that the specialty already lends itself to at-home work.

Johnson also pointed out that most workers don't leave their hospitals due to vaccine mandates but because they want a better work-life balance. Employers have an opportunity to help. Some 34% of staff want access to personalized mental health resources to improve their ability to sustain well-being. This includes:

– Easy access to intervention support teams and psychological counseling
– Help lines and online access to assistance
– Modified scheduling
– Incentives, rewards, recognition, and professional pathways
– Adequate breaks, time off, and rest/recovery
– Leisure activities — yoga, exercise, meditation, and motivational support.

“Hospital caregivers want to take care of themselves, and they want to remember why they got into medicine in the first place,” concluded Johnson.

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