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Sleeping on the job
Sleeping on the job

As another year is drawing to a close, many of us may be feeling burnt out – not least our healthcare professionals, who have continued to soldier on past the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020 and 2021.  

Despite a parallel pandemic of healthcare worker fatigue, we have yet to see a positive cultural shift towards promoting the health and well-being of health professionals, and in offering ongoing support to an already stretched workforce.  To the contrary, we have recently heard of junior doctors being threatened with negative actions for sleeping during night shifts – including putting strategies in place ‘to increase the night time workload’ and furnishing them with ‘less comfortable chairs.’

Burnout
Culture
Psychological Safety
Workforce
Beating Burnout: Straight from the Horse’s Mouth
Beating Burnout: Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

How does practitioner burnout impact care, and therefore clinical governance?  As Dr Stephen Parnis put it, from his perspective - and in his words - it “laid siege to my energy and my empathy”; “[D]ecisions and procedures that are usually second nature to me, now require considerable effort and cause more angst than they should”; and “[W]e are less efficient, and we are much more likely to make mistakes.”

Burnout
Open Access Resources
Psychological Safety
Workforce
Better the boundary
Better the boundary

Professional boundaries in healthcare delineate the therapeutic relationship. They have been defined as ‘parameters that describe the limits of a relationship in which one person entrusts their welfare to another and to whom a fee is paid for the provision of a service’ - or, more broadly, as the ‘edge of appropriate clinical care’.

Burnout
Person-centred care
Professional Conduct
Caring for those who care
Caring for those who care

The concept of ‘burnout’ was first described in the early 1970s, and has attracted media attention in recent years specifically in the context of healthcare. It is known to be particularly prevalent within certain demographics, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Burnout is not unique to acute health services, with evidence of its prevalence seen in other care sectors such as aged care and disability.

Aged care
Burnout
Compassion
Disability
Healthcare
Mental health
WHS
Workforce
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