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Addressing Health Worker Burnout: The U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory on Building a Thriving Health Workforce   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Introduction from the Surgeon General: "Years ago, when I was training to be a physician, the older, more experienced doctors passed down a morsel of wisdom to those of us who were just beginning our careers: 'Never stand when you can sit. Never sit when you can lay down. And never stay awake when you can sleep.' They knew then what we would come to discover: that health workers, across clinical and community settings, whether caring for patients or managing a public health crisis, have long faced difficult, irregular hours in challenging, and extraordinarily stressful, working environments. That so many health workers have been able to persevere and perform despite those conditions is a testament to our training, our teammates, and the ideals that have called us to serve. But day after day spent stretched too thin, fighting against ever increasing administrative requirements, and without the resources to provide our patients and communities with the care they need, drove many nurses, doctors, community health workers, and public health staff to the brink. Then came COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. The pandemic has accelerated the mental health and burnout crisis that is now affecting not only health workers, but the communities they serve. [...] Addressing health worker burnout is about more than health. It's about reflecting the deeper values that we aspire to as a society--values that guide us to look out for one another and to support those who are seeking to do the same. Health workers have had our backs during the most difficult moments of the pandemic. It's time for us to have theirs."

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2022
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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: https://www.hhs.gov/
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