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Forbes: There Are Words To Describe What’s Happening To Our Health Workforce – And Burnout Is Not It

What exactly is moral injury – and how do we address the continued challenges faced by healthcare workers?

Moral Injury: An erosion of a person’s moral framework that results from violation(s), often leading to one questioning their field of practice or work as trustworthy or safe. This can often be thought of as providers having highly conflicting allegiances between work demands and the Hippocratic Oath. 

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People.com: Nurses Feeling the Strain of the COVID Pandemic Say the Resurgence Is ‘Paralyzing’

Researchers are concerned that nurses working in a rapidly changing crisis like the pandemic can develop a psychological response called “moral injury.”

“Probably the biggest driver of burnout is unrecognized unintended moral injury.”

In parts of the country over the summer, nurses got some mental health respite when cases declined, said Dr. Wendy Dean.

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Podcast: Nothing Left to Give Interview with Elizabeth Holman, PsyD

In this episode, Chris McDonald from Nothing Left to Give interviews Moral Injury of Healthcare Associate Elizabeth Holman, PsyD who is the palliative care psychologist at a Hospital in Colorado where she also serves on the ethics consult service. She is the handler of facility dog Tootsie and her research has focused on human-animal interactions.

 Elizabeth shares her journey through burnout and how she overcame it. She describes what moral injury is, when it occurs and how it impacts healthcare providers. She describes the differences between burnout and moral injury. She also discusses ways providers can move through it.  

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Episode 1: Introducing Moral Matters

Conversations about moral injury in healthcare and elsewhere, how it affects us all, and the growing need for change, with the authors of the STATNews article that started it all, Wendy Dean, MD and Simon G. Talbot, MD. This is Episode 1: Introducing Moral Matters.

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00:00 – Introduction

0:26 – Our goals 

1:00 – Who we are

3:50 – What is the essence of distress?

4:15 – Resilient, but still burned out 

5:26 – What is the right diagnosis? 

6:30 – The genesis of Moral Injury 

7:32 – Moral Injury’s relationship to burnout 

11:00 – Defining Moral Injury

12:00 – Contributing factors

15:15 – Cross-pollination for innovative, thoughtful solutions

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Talkspace: How Medical Workers Are Coping With The Trauma of COVID-19

“The pandemic arrived to a healthcare system that’s already deeply in crisis,” said Wendy Dean, a psychiatrist and president of Moral Injury of Healthcare, a group that advocates for more sustainable medical workplaces. “All of the challenges that clinicians are facing prior to the pandemic are just highlighted, exacerbated, and added to.”

In this piece with Talkspace, Dr. Dean outlines some of the basics of moral injury prevention for individuals to take.

As always, our organization has resources available for organizations and individuals experiencing moral injury due to COVID-19.

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STAT News: How common is burnout among physicians? It depends on how it’s defined

In a recent article by Pratihba Gopalakrishna, a new study is discussed that focuses on burnout and how commonplace it may be. However, Drs. Wendy Dean and Simon Talbot believe the definition of burnout needs to be reexamined.

“If we’re going to talk about the condition of burnout, then we need to be much more rigorous about applying a strict definition and measure so that everybody’s talking about the same thing using the same scale,” said Wendy Dean, a psychiatrist and the co-founder of the nonprofit organization Moral Injury of Healthcare. Dean was not involved in the new research.

Read the full article on STAT News.

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Forbes: A Yoga Mat Won’t Fix Your Moral Injury

In this piece entitled A Yoga Mat Won’t Fix Your Moral Injury by Ira Bedzow, PhD, moral injury is explored by Dr. Bedzow as a medical ethicist.  

But people who suffer from moral injury are not slogging through endless tasks, and they are certainly not losing interest and motivation–they are hurting. And their hurt comes from their perceived inability to meet personal and professional expectations and the moral accountability they feel by their sense of failure.

Drs. Wendy Dean and Simon G. Talbot are highlighted as the experts leading the way on solutions for moral injury. As Dr. Bedzow notes, yoga mats and meditation are not longterm solutions for moral injury.

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