Dec 16, 2017
The July 2017 ASPHP Member Newsletter started with a brief article discussing the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinical Well-Being and Resilience. The ASPHP has been interacting with NAM since that time, providing them information regarding our association and its efforts to meet our mission to improve the safety of caregivers and their patients by advancing the science and practice of safe patient handling.
NAM recognizes that burnout affects the entire health care team and impacts our whole society. (link burnout among healthcare professionals discussion paper and photo). The collaborative focuses on physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, etc. They are addressing mental and emotional well-being as well as physical health, addressing physical demands, fatigue, and violence in the workplace. By July this collaborative had grown to over 50 organizations (https://nam.edu/initiatives/clinician-resilience-and-well-being/) with a base working group of 20 organizations.
On October 13, 2017 NAM issued a call (link about network organizations here) for commitment statements from any interested organizations. These statements may be used at future Action Collaborative meetings, made available to meeting attendees, and will be posted on the NAM website.
The ASPHP responded to that call (link survey response and ASPHP statement). We look forward to providing our knowledge and our voices to assure the well-being of care providers (including clinicians) and those recipients for whom they care. Participation with the NAM collaborative can help us to meet our mission.
Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA, CSPHP, FAIHA