They Take Care of Us, But Who’s Taking Care of Them?: Improving the Mental Health of Healthcare Workers

July 6, 2023
Geoffrey Roche

Doctors and nurses work hard to heal, treat, and save their patients’ lives every day, but high stress levels can negatively impact the mental health of healthcare workers. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the psychological toll on healthcare professionals, pushing the industry towards a dire mental health crisis. Research shows that over half of healthcare professionals have reported burnout and emotional distress during the pandemic, raising the stakes for effective interventions.

So, the pivotal question arises: How can the healthcare industry better support the emotional well-being and resiliency of its professionals, and what role can leadership play in initiating these changes?

In this thought-provoking episode of Holistic Leadership, host Geoffrey Roche dives into these pressing issues with guest Dr. Jonathan Fisher, a leading cardiologist, certified mindfulness teacher, and well-being and resiliency leader.

The main points of conversation in this episode include:

  • Fisher’s personal journey towards addressing mental health issues in the healthcare industry
  • The shift in medical school curricula towards prioritizing emotional health and well-being
  • How mindfulness and compassion can play a significant role in helping healthcare professionals manage stress and burnout

Dr. Jonathan Fisher, MD, FACC, Dr. is a leading cardiologist and certified mindfulness teacher. He serves as a well-being and resiliency leader at Novant Health, aiding a team of 38,000, and also heads his own company, Mind Heart Now LLC, which provides mindfulness and leadership workshops globally. He has also co-founded the Ending Clinician Burnout Global Community and organized the first-ever global summit focused on clinician burnout. Fisher was trained at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Harvard University and is now a founding board member of the Charlotte Center for the Humanities and Civic Imagination. Dr. Fisher lives in Charlotte with his family and his mission is to use the power of the mind-heart connection to foster a kinder, more compassionate world.

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