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.

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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.