Resource Compendium for Health Care Worker Well-Being


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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Resources for Health Care Worker Well-Being: Six Essential Elements


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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. 
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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

Creating the Organizational Foundation for Joy in Medicine

Establishing a Chief Wellness Officer Position

Chief Wellness Officer Roadmap

          CLER Pathways to Excellence: Expectations for an Optimal Clinical Learning
Environment to Achieve Safe and High-Quality Patient Care, Version 2.0

Toolkits with case examples

Success Story: Laying the Groundwork for a Chief Wellness Officer at ChristianaCare

The Chief Wellness Officer Journey at ChristianaCare

How the Center for WorkLife Well-Being is Supporting Caregivers During COVID-19

Workplace Wellness Champions: Lessons Learned and Implications for Future Programming

Courses and tools for continuous learning 

Stanford Chief Wellness Officer Course

Advancing Health Systems Podcast Collection

Recognition and commitment programs

Charter on Physician Well-Being

Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program

Tools to build the case for organizational commitment

Call to Action: Improving Clinician Well-Being and Patient Care and Safety

Making the Case for a Chief Wellness Officer in America’s Health System: a Call to Action

Organizational Evidence Based and Promising Practices for Improving Clinician Well-Being

A Guide to Promoting Health Care Workforce Well-Being During and After the Pandemic

Framework for Improving Joy in Work

Wellness with COVID: Contagious Strategies to Promote Pharmacy Well-Being

          Survey Shows Substantial Racism in Nursing

          Healing the Professional Culture of Medicine

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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

Leading Through Crisis: A Resource Compendium for Nurse Leaders

Well-Being Playbook: A Guide for Hospital and Health System Leaders

          Grief Leadership: Leadership in the Wake of Tragedy

Establishing a Chief Wellness Officer Position

Chief Wellness Officer Roadmap

Creating the Organizational Foundation for Joy in Medicine

Caring for the Healthcare Workforce During Crisis: Creating a Resilient Organization

Appreciative Inquiry Principles: Ask “What Went Well” to Foster Positive Organizational Culture

Toolkits for team building

Cultivating Leadership: Measure and Assess Leader Behaviors to Improve Professional Well-Being

Building Bridges Between Practicing Physicians and Administrators

Total Worker Health Toolkits

Journal commentaries

Feasibility of a “Network of Champions” in Implementing a Program to Address Physician Well-Being

Physician Well-Being 2.0: Where We Are and Where We Are Going

Preventing a Parallel Pandemic- A National Strategy to Protect Clinicians’ Well-Being

Getting Through COVID-19: Keeping Clinicians in the Workforce

Wellness-Centered Leadership: Equipping Health Care Leaders to Cultivate Physician Well-Being and Professional Fulfillment

A Call to Action: Align Well-Being and Antiracism Strategies

Executive Leadership and Physician Well-Being: Nine Organizational Strategies to Promote Engagement and Reduce Burnout

Instructional Videos

Physician Wellness: A Self and System Imperative in a Value Based Model

Webinar: Reframing Burnout through Human Factors: Integrating Well-Being and Patient Safety

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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

Maslach Burnout Inventory

The Stanford Model of Professional Fulfillment

Mayo Well-Being Index

Mini-Z Burnout Survey

          Valid and Reliable Survey Instruments to Measure Burnout, Well-Being, and
Other Work-Related Dimensions

Instruments to assess antecedents of well-being

AACN Healthy Work Environment Assessment Tool

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Culture Survey

          Matriculating Student Questionnaire

          NASA Task Load Index

NIOSH Worker Well-Being Questionnaire (WELLBQ)

          Standards for Establishing and Sustaining a Healthy Work Environment

Wellness Culture and Environment Support Scale

           Acute Care Self Assessment of Organizational Culture

Instruments to assess financial impacts of burnout

Estimating the Attributable Cost of Physician Burnout in the United States

Organizational Cost of Physician Burnout

Evaluating the Costs of Burnout Attributed Turnover

Discussion articles and podcasts

Establishing Crosswalks Between Common Measures of Burnout in US Physicians

The Rise of Wellness Initiatives in Health Care: Using National Survey Data to Support Effective Well-Being Champions and Wellness Programs

A Pragmatic Approach for Organizations to Measure Health Care Professional Well-Being

          Pulse on the Nation’s Nurses Survey Series: COVID-19 Two-Year Impact Assessment

Metrics for Assessing Physician Activity Using Electronic Health Record Log Data

Measuring Effectiveness of Burnout Prevention Strategies

Supporting Well-Being Through the Implementation of Education and a Relaxing Retreat Space

Psychometric Properties of the Perceived Wellness Culture and Environment Support Scale

Advancing Health Systems Podcast: Measuring the Effectiveness of Burnout Prevention Strategies

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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.


Online toolkits

Debunking Regulatory Myths

De-Implementation Checklist

Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff

Journal articles

Putting Patients First by Reducing Administrative Tasks in Health Care: A Position Paper of the American College of Physicians

          Practice and Policy Reset Post-COVID: Reversion, Transition, or Transformation?

          Policy Strategies for Addressing Current Threats to the U.S. Nursing Workforce


25 by 5 Initiative to Reduce Documentation Burden on U.S. Clinicians by 75% by 2025

          Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact

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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 toolkits

A Nurse’s Guide to Preventing Compassion Fatigue, Moral Distress, and Burnout

“What Matters to You” Conversation Guide for Improving Joy in Work

Preventing Physician Suicide: Identify and Support At-Risk Physicians

Peer Support Programs for Physicians

          Provider Well-Being for Behavioral Health Professionals

          Health Care Professionals

Success Story: COMPASS Groups Rejuvenate Relationships and Reduce Burnout

Case Study: Culture of Well-Being

How ChristianaCare Provides System-Wide Peer-to-Peer Support

Success Story: Ice Cream Rounds Are Meaningful Well-Being Groups for Residents and Fellows

Success Story: Care for the Caregiver Program Supports Peers and Organization Well-Being

Mental Health Help for Nurses

Be Well: Preventing Physician Suicide

COVID-related resources

Conversation and Action Guide to Support Staff Well-Being and Joy in Work during and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19: Stress and Coping Resources

          American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association’s COVID Resources

Psychological PPE: Promote Health Care Workforce Mental Health and Well-Being

Well-Being Playbook 2.0: A COVID-19 Resource for Hospital and Health System Leaders

At the Heart of the Pandemic: Nursing Peer 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. 

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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.

2022 Healthcare Workforce Rescue Package

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