Strengthening the Health Care Workforce: Strategies for Now, Near and Far Digital Toolkit

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Health care workers show up when we need them the most. We must chart a path forward so the health care workforce has the support they need. The #NowNearandFar resource provides guidance for leaders to support their health care workforce. http://ow.ly/XqjV50JEYvb

The health care workforce is the most important resource to hospitals and health systems. The #NowNearandFar framework provides hospitals with the resources they need to invest in their health care workforce. http://ow.ly/mg3650JEYzA

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on the workforce. Health care workers are suffering from stress, trauma, burnout, and behavioral health challenges. The #NowNearandFar compendium helps hospitals address the challenges that health care workers are facing. http://ow.ly/NVvM50JEYIt

Supporting the Team | Burnout

Burnout is not new for health care workers, but COVID-19 has pushed them to their limits. When clinicians are fatigued, it puts a strain on the care system. It is imperative to help combat burnout so care teams #NowNearandFar can continue providing care. http://ow.ly/T7FG50JEZ3P

Health care workers are facing burnout, unlike any other profession. When clinicians are fatigued, it puts a strain on the entire care system. Thread of resources addresses burnout and well-being for clinicians #NowNearandFar. http://ow.ly/EEOE50JEZ7l

Supporting the Team | Support Behavioral Health

The waves of COVID-19 patients have put an emotional strain on clinicians. A study from the @MentalHealthAm showed that 93% of clinicians reported stress in 2020. We must address this and create a culture of psychological safety for #NowNearandFar. http://ow.ly/gYwZ50JF0mY

Clinicians across the country are working through grief brought on by COVID-19. A report from @KFF showed only 13% of caregivers receive behavioral health services. A shift is needed so caregivers #NowNearandFar have access to behavioral health services. http://ow.ly/1tbS50JF0tJ

Front-line caregivers #NowNearandFar will be coping with trauma brought on by COVID-19. For health organizations that are expanding their behavioral health services for caregivers, consider these questions. http://ow.ly/RgLc50JF0Cy

Supporting the Team | Workplace Violence Prevention

Health care workers experience some of the highest levels of workplace violence. This must be address so caregivers #NowNearandFar have safe environments to provide care Leadership can take steps to build a safe environment for staff with these takeaways: http://ow.ly/Zslh50JF16F

Accountability is needed to grow workplace violence programs. Threat assessment reports, reports on success and challenges, and leadership sponsorship are all steps needed to grow a safe workplace for health care workers #NowNearandFar. Thread on resources: http://ow.ly/qnFh50JF1Ov

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