Did you register for the Lead4Excellence Global Healthcare Leadership Summit held on November 5-6th, 2020?

If the answer is yes, congratulations!  You agreed to subscribe to notifications from GEDI, the Lead4Excellence charity partner. We are surveying attendees and current subscribers to determine how the pandemic affects your work and your future.  We are studying healthy work environments and their impact on nurses and nursing. You’ll be getting the nine-question survey this week, and it takes less than 2 minutes to complete the process. 

Why is it important? 

It matters most because we know that Healthy Work Environments have an impact on our ability to recruit and retain nursing’s finest. A disruptive or otherwise dysfunctional environment contributes to dissatisfaction, disengagement, and loss of staff. We are studying the pandemic as an impetus for a healthier work environment!  Now, more than ever before, health and well-being are at risk due to unhealthier work environments. Fear and frustration levels rose and challenged our ability to remain safe, enhance competencies, and ensure a healthier workforce for our future.

The pandemic has created a new cause for concern. The concept of a healthy work environment has been challenged with unimaginable stress levels, personal risks, and burnout. Millions of nurses across the globe worked on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic. The recent COVID-19 challenges caused significant disruption to the model of teaching in many nursing education programs because of the lack of planning prior to the call for transitioning to virtual teaching. The effect of the transition to virtual learning heavily affected undergraduate students in clinical settings and graduate nursing students in advanced practice programs. Immediate changes in hospitals and health care settings made the completion of clinical hour requirements difficult if not impossible and put the current model of education on notice because of its lack of flexibility and agility in an environment of uncertainty.

The pandemic saw no borders, and we were all eligible for the disruption it caused.  During this time of extreme need, nurses risked their own lives and that of their loved ones to provide care for our patient populations in less than ideal work environments. Fear and frustration surfaced, challenging us to maintain connections at a distance, care for others with acute healthcare needs, and stay well.  The environment impaired our ability to be our best. Shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) challenged us to ensure good outcomes. Stress caused us to suffer emotionally, spiritually, physically, socially, mentally, financially, and more. Unmanaged stress leads to burnout, and burnout accounts for negative perceptions of our working conditions and work environments.  Yes, the pandemic has caused grave concerns and knows no boundaries. It is not a matter of if, but when, we will regain control of the current situation, be ready within the healthcare sector, and ensure positive outcomes.  A healthy work environment begins with the learning process and extends to the practice setting. In this session, our speakers address a global approach to ensuring the health of our environments that benefits nurses from education through practice.

Help us to help you by completing the nine questions; in return, we’ll share a chapter from the award-winning B is for Balance, 2nd edition!