The National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being builds on almost six years of collective work among NAM’s network of 200 organizations committed to reversing trends in health worker burnout. Collaborative co-chairs include Victor Dzau, President of the NAM; Darrell Kirch, President Emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges; Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General; and Thomas Nasca, President and CEO of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

In November 2021, members of the Collaborative’s Steering Committee met to identify priority areas to advance health care worker well-being. The Steering Committee participated in six meetings between December 2021 and May 2022 to lead the conceptualization, outlining, drafting, and editing of the National Plan, with input from all Collaborative members. The final text of the National Plan is the culmination of committee deliberations, consideration of public input, and completion of the NAM peer review process.

National Plan Events

In October 2022, the NAM hosted a National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being Launch Event to give an overview of the newly released Plan, describe its urgent application to the current state of the health workforce, and share commitments to continue building momentum for the health workforce well-being movement.

In June 2022, the NAM hosted a National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being Public Event to present progress and the role of a National Plan in building a national movement for health workforce well-being; spotlight leaders committed to sparking change and continuing the journey of building a national movement for health workforce well-being; and issue a call to action for all actor groups to unify towards advancing health workforce well-being and building a national movement.

In May 2022, the NAM released a draft plan for public input, hosted a public input webinar on the day of the draft’s release, and offered an open comment period. The public input opportunity is now closed. Thank you for providing input to be taken into consideration.

The Clinician Well-Being Collaborative’s 2022 activities have informed the Plan’s development. See more below about the Clinician Well-Being Collaborative’s related work.

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 Clinician Well-Being Collaborative 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.

Letter During Health Care Workforce Shortage and Burnout Crisis

It is critical for us to have a coordinated plan at the national level to help shift U.S. health care from the current reality of a workforce shortage and burnout crisis to a future where every health care worker is able to experience joy in their workplace and knows that they are valued.

Clinician Burnout Crisis in the Era of COVID-19

In April 2021, the Clinician Well-Being Collaborative reached out to our network and received over 500 questionnaire responses on the effects of the pandemic on clinicians’ personal and professional lives. Respondents also shared creative solutions implemented by health care organizations to better support their workforce approximately one year into the pandemic. The NAM offers topline takeaways as a snapshot of frontline clinicians’ lived experiences, and a resource to help inform our movement to enhance clinician well-being.

Ask A Nurse video series 

Film director Bronwen Hughes chats with Beverly Malone, president and CEO, National League for Nursing, about health care worker well-being, particularly from a nurse’s view. Watch these video clips to hear more about the leadership role of nurses in patient care, clinicians’ struggles and concerns during the pandemic, and the supports that workers need from the health system to care for patients and have their full humanity protected.

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