There are few careers more rewarding - and more challenging - than medicine. If you're like most of us, you relied on being a workaholic and perfectionist to get through your demanding training and residency. While those traits might have served you well there, they are not the best characteristics to provide you with a happy family and a well-rounded life outside of work.
In other words, in order to best care for others, you must first care for yourself.
To help you live and work at your healthiest best, your Practitioner Peer Support Committee has put together the EvergreenHealth Medical Staff Wellness Program to provide you with resources and techniques to combat the ups and downs of life in medicine. You aren't alone; if you have questions, or find yourself in crisis, we are here to help you.
We have one goal: to develop and maintain a program that is available to help you, a colleague, a co-worker or even a loved one who is struggling to deal with the increasing complexity of being a healthcare provider.
We identified three pillars around which this program is organized. These are:
Stress Management and Burnout Prevention
As healthcare providers, we all recognize that mounting regulatory requirements decrease efficiency and increase time demands without adding appreciable value to the work of delivering care to our patients. This erodes our personal and family time, and leads to burnout and decreased job satisfaction.
The reality is that we don't have any significant control over the regulation; but we do have control over working with our organization to meet these requirements as efficiently as possible and learn how to deal with the frustration.
Our commitment is to provide programs designed to help us identify personal stressors and how best to manage them, as well as create forums where we can talk through our frustrations in groups or individually.
No matter how fortunate we have been in winning the social lottery, some of us are going to experience a monumental crisis, either professional or personal. We are creating processes where medical staff members are available to support and assist any practitioner undergoing a professional crisis such as a poor clinical outcome.
Additionally, we recognize that personal or family crisis will have a negative impact on our ability to practice effectively. We are developing resources for personal or family assistance in these situations.
We have identified four categories of impaired providers, due to substance abuse, mental health issues, aging issues and unexpected physical impairments.
Our commitments in working with impaired providers are outlined below.
For medical staff members:
For the referring party:
For the organization: