TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) -The recent COVID-19 increase in cases is putting even more strain on worn-out healthcare professionals. So how do hospitals like Tampa General Hospital respond to the needs and concerns of their employees when it comes to their mental health.
“Here we go again, we see another increase, and we’re back on the front line,” said ICU nurse leader Suzie Dorner.
For more than 15 months, staff at Tampa General Hospital have been flooded with patient after patient during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has, of course, taken a mental health toll on most people, and the hospital is taking steps to keep its employees mentally healthy and well.
“We have great group opportunities for people to express their frustrations and fears. We make sure that our leaders closely monitor the situation through rounding and direct support. And we have spiritual support committed throughout our organization, ”says TGH’s VP Chief Patient Experience Officer Lara Klick
“I do not know if there is much more we are talking about that is more important than the element we are doing. We see patients come in and seek help. It really is one of the main topics in our conversations. ”
Klick could not give us specific numbers, but she says TGH has not seen many employees leave their hospital jobs due to stress.
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