Confronting the Great Resignation in Healthcare with Well Being Strategies

Posted on June 20, 2022 by Dr. Paul DeChant, MD, MBA, FAAFP

With some organizations losing 10 to 20 percent of their workforce, and with one-fifth to one-half of all physicians and nurses telling researchers they’re thinking of quitting their jobs, we’re in the middle of a full-blown retention and recruitment crisis.

Physician, healthcare executive, personal coach, and author Paul DeChant, MD, has seen the widespread pre-pandemic frustration among physicians deepen as Covid cut a swathe through the profession. The factors making for burnout in 2019—overwork, lack of control over time and resources, a loss of camaraderie and much more—have gotten worse. Physicians have called it quits or cut back hours in order to deal with a life out of balance, their colleagues have been forced to take up the slack. Everybody—from the C-suite to the clinic to the front office—has been trying to do more with less.

In this article, Dr. DeChant lays out what he sees a clear path for organizations to take if they want to survive the crisis—making physician well being a priority. 

“Organizations that recognize physicians' well being as an urgent issue and maintain that level of urgency are the ones that are going to do well through the Great Resignation,” he writes.

And he offers suggestions about what that kind of concern looks like from the C-suite. Such as leaders visiting the frontlines of care to observe physicians’ work and putting in place the mental and emotional health resources they need to meet unprecedented daily challenges.

Read the article here: How to Face the Great Resignation in Healthcare

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