Gina LaFountain, Director Medical Access Center
By Access Nurse
What is Work-Life Balance Worth to Physicians?
For the unfamiliar, physician burnout is a long-term stress reaction experienced by physicians (as well as others working in the medical industry), that’s typically marked by depersonalization, mental and emotional exhaustion, as well as a lack of sense of personal accomplishment. It’s a problem that’s plagued healthcare workers for decades. A 2020 survey of more than 15,000 physicians conducted by Medscape.org looked at Physician burnout in the United States. This survey examined cross-generational burnout rates, how physicians coped, the influence that technology has on burnout, as well as how much money physicians are actually willing to give up to reduce their degree of burnout – even marginally. Physician Burnout Across Generations The Medscape.org survey discovered that while average burnout rates […]
Health Literacy: Improve Outcomes By Keeping Patients In The Know
Imagine you’re a patient at the doctor’s office. You recently had surgery, and your doctor is explaining the aftercare instructions. But the words are complicated, the directions are complex, and you find yourself stuck. What would you do? This is a common problem that has significant consequences. What Is Health Literacy? According to the Institute of Medicine, health literacy is “the ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information.” Many factors contribute to an individual’s health literacy including the person’s general literacy — the ability to read, write, and understand written text and numbers. Other factors include a person’s amount of experience with the healthcare system, the type of information, culture, and the communication method. Implications Of Limited Health […]
Hospitals Face Increasing Challenges as the Nursing Shortage Worsens
A recent survey by AMN Healthcare revealed several internal factors that are significantly impacting the existing nursing shortage – and not in a good way. AMN Healthcare, a leading national workforce staffing company, surveyed nearly 20,000 Registered Nurses across the country to identify challenges facing nurses and healthcare organizations that will impact health care services throughout the next decade. The results paint a picture of a perfect storm: a rapidly aging U.S. population on a collision course with a tsunami of retiring Baby Boomer nurses, making the already-critical nurse shortage even more ominous. According to the survey, 33% of RNs identified as Baby Boomers. Of those, 86% plan to retire within the next five years. Because the size of the […]