Critical Care Burnout: Systemic Changes Needed, Not Just Self Care

Tori Rodriguez, MA, LPC, AHC

Burnout was a recognized issue in Critical Care Medicine well before the pandemic began. The Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) issued a call to action in 2016 to address “Burnout Syndrome” among those in their member societies, which include the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, and American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.1,2

According to the CCSC call to action, “Up to 45% of critical care physicians reported symptoms of severe [burnout syndrome].”1,2

Empowering Leaders: Addressing Burnout in Healthcare: A Healthcare Leadership Training Program

The Center for Professional Health and Wellness is pleased to announce that registration for the 2022 Annual Leadership Training Program: Empowering Leaders: Addressing Burnout in Healthcare is now OPEN! Join us for a virtual 3-day interactive CME approved program!

Open to ALL healthcare leaders (Program Directors, Division Chiefs, Department Chairs, Chief Medical Officers, Chief Nursing Officers, etc.) from Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dentistry.

Click the registration link to secure your spot today!

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To: SCRPP Participants
From: Tia Cooper, Program Director
Date:  January 14, 2022

Subject: Oral fluid testing

Thank you for your continued participation and cooperation in the SC Recovering Professional Program (RPP).

I am writing to update you and report that RPP will permit participants to continue oral fluid testing, also known as PROOF testing, through RecoveryTrek on an interim basis, as an option for testing. This decision was made, in part, based upon the increased number of COVID-19 cases and lab-related issues, to include extended wait times at labs. Although best practices indicate that urine drug testing is the most effective toxicology testing for safety-sensitive positions, we do recognize the current issues surrounding the pandemic and feel that interim use is appropriate. RPP will re-evaluate whether to allow continued use of the PROOF kits in three months.  

We value you as a participant and we strive to provide excellent monitoring service. Should you have any questions or concerns, you are always encouraged to contact your assigned recovery specialist or our toll-free emergency line at 877 349 2094. Please contact Recovery Trek’s Success Manager, Caitlyn Fendley at 757 943 9800 x8, to order your PROOF testing kits and receive instructions.          

Wales Behavioral Assessment: CME December and January

Final 2021 Course Dec 10 – 12 Online

A course for disruptive physicians that provides an opportunity to learn new behavioral skills to enable them to function in an increasingly complex medical environment, document specific behavioral changes and maintain their position and privileges in their practice or hospital staff. 

The last course of 2021 will be offered fully online, again via a Virtual Live modality. We still have a few places for this course.

Call Nathaniel at 785-842-9772 to sign up.  LEARN MORE AT

Thank you, Healthcare Workers!

SCRPP would like to join the SC Hospital Association in thanking our healthcare heroes. SCRPP is extremely honored to serve and support healthcare professionals licensed by the State of South Carolina and grateful for your tireless efforts and passion for helping others. SCRPP would like to express appreciation to and thank all of our licensed healthcare professionals for your continued sacrifice and dedication. The coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect our nation and the State of South Carolina, almost two years later, and our healthcare heroes continue to report to work to treat and protect us despite the risk of harm that COVID 19 presents to themselves and their loved ones. We are well aware of the risk you take each day and are grateful to you for your skills and abilities, selflessness, and dedication. Thank you.

In loving memory of Dr. James Graham

All of us at RPP were saddened to hear about the passing of our immediate past Medical Director, Dr. James F. Graham, who passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021. Tia Cooper, Program Director, SC Recovering Professional Program said, “Dr. Graham was such a sweet, gentle, caring soul. He worked with us for about ten years and left a legacy of hope and healing for those entering recovery.” We send love and sympathy to Dr. Graham’s friends and family and treasure our time together.

Women in Healthcare: The Pursuit of Wellness – Sign up for this Virtual Event

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is offering Women in Healthcare: The Pursuit of Wellness, a three-day virtual program that targets the needs of African American Females, December 8-10, 2021. Registration is now open at This activity has been approved for 23.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.