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Healthcare Workforce Safety and Well-Being Resources

"The nation’s health depends on the well-being of our health workforce", said U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. The frontline worker is the most important stakeholder in The Joint Commission’s mission to advance patient safety. This website is intended to enable healthcare leaders, managers and staff to easily find examples of tools, resources and strategies that they may use in their efforts to improve the well-being of staff. As stated by the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety in Safer Together: A National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety (2020), “ensuring the safety and resiliency of the organization and the workforce is a necessary precondition to advancing patient safety; we need to work toward a unified, total systems-based perspective and approach to eliminate harm to both patients and the workforce.”

This page provides links to materials developed by The Joint Commission and key healthcare-related organizations such as the National Academy of Medicine, as well as the federal government, including The Office of the Surgeon General and CDC NIOSH. The content focuses on organization and system-level resources which are organized in the tabs below according to source. We hope you find the information useful and welcome your suggestions for improvement.

National Academy of Medicine Resource Compendium for Healthcare Worker Well-Being

In 2017, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) began an action collaborative on clinician well-being and resilience. In Jan 2022, NAM published a resource compendium to improve the well-being of the healthcare workforce.

Workplace Violence Prevention

Since 2008, The Joint Commission has produced a series of free safety alert newsletters on workplace violence prevention strategies. A website was launched in 2016 that provides links to materials from many organizations and examples of programs in the field. In 2022, new accreditation requirements for hospitals became effective. For more information click the button below.

Resources from U.S. Federal Government

The CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and several other agencies have developed resources focused on healthcare worker safety and well-being. In May of 2022, the U.S. Surgeon General’s advisory highlighted the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on health workers, who already faced crisis levels of burnout prior to the pandemic.

Resources From The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission has supported healthcare worker well-being through statements, newsletters, videos, letters of support and publications. For more information on these items, click on the button below.

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