Beyond Burnout: Joy at Work

Professional burnout rates in healthcare are well documented and are at an all-time high—37% of newly licensed registered nurses are thinking of leaving the profession, 54% of U.S. physicians are burned out, and 60% of surveyed physicians are considering leaving their jobs (Shanafelt et al., 2015). And no wonder, given the increasing demands on their time, resources, and energy, in addition to the poorly designed systems many work with daily.

But the goals of delivering exceptional patient care and improving the health of our communities go beyond preventing and treating caregiver burnout. At the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), we suggest shifting the focus from “burnout” to “joy in work.”

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