If you are a health care worker or leading a health care organization, we have well-being resources for you.
The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience offers this collection of resources that highlight strategies and tools that health care leaders and workers can use across practice settings to take action toward decreasing burnout and improving clinician well-being.
Resources are organized into six essential elements, based on Organizational Evidence-Based and Promising Best Practices for Clinician Well-Being.
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Click to expand any of the six essential elements below, which include resources that will help you and your organization on the journey to improve health care worker well-being.
Resources to Advance Organizational Commitment
Organizational commitment involves visible actions and investments to show that a systematic approach to well-being is being undertaken. The following resources include generalized playbooks and multidisciplinary frameworks that leaders and health care workers can use to change local culture and establish basic principles that can reduce burnout and promote well-being.
Toolkits to get started
Toolkits with case examples
Courses and tools for continuous learning
Recognition and commitment programs
Tools to build the case for organizational commitment
Resources to Strengthen Leadership Behaviors
Executive leaders drive key decisions on managing staff and resources, and health care workers can champion healthy environments for their care teams and their patients. The following resources include guidance to shape leaders at all levels, as well as tools to hold them accountable.
Toolkits for management
Toolkits for team building
Resources to Conduct Workplace Assessment
Assessment is essential to understanding the extent and severity of burnout, and the well-being of the members of any workforce. The following resources include tools to assess the current status of the workplace, in order to understand the baseline that an organization can build on to establish well-being and burnout guidelines. These assessment tools are validated for use among health care workers.
Instruments to measure burnout
Instruments to assess antecedents of well-being
Instruments to assess financial impacts of burnout
Discussion articles and podcasts
Resources to Examine Policies and Practices
Health care workers may experience moral distress when the policies and practices of their organization conflict with their professional commitment to patient care and ability to do their work. A resilient organization will periodically reassess its policies and practices and eliminate those that are no longer relevant or no longer required. The following resources are designed to help organizations re-examine their current policies and eliminate those that are irrelevant or unnecessary.
Resources to Enhance Workplace Efficiency
Workplace efficiency embodies practices that are geared toward facilitating and streamlining staff duties while maintaining clinical excellence. The following resources include playbooks for improving care team efficiency.
Resources to Cultivate a Culture of Connection and Support
An organization can best support its health care workforce by giving people the ability to do their jobs and then allowing them to return safely home with time and emotional energy to engage in their personal lives with their family, friends, and community. The following resources offer mechanisms to provide peer and emotional support.
Online communities and programs
The resources on this page do not necessarily represent the views of any one organization, the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, or the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and have not been subjected to the review procedures of, nor are they a product of, the National Academies. We are sharing this curated list based on the expert guidance of Collaborative members to serve as resources.
2022 Healthcare Workforce Rescue Package
A group of health care experts in collaboration with the NAM have identified evidence-based action items which health system executives can use to support the well-being of nurses, doctors, and other team members at the current stage of the pandemic. The Rescue Package is a first-of-its-kind list that prioritizes the five most critical actions that health systems leaders can take now to safeguard the emotional and psychological needs of healthcare workers.
The Rescue Package was developed in collaboration with the Clinician Well-Being Collaborative and is derived from this Resource Compendium.