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It’s not burnout, it’s moral injury

March 21, 2024
The article discusses the evolving perspective of healthcare professionals towards the term "burnout," with many now referring to their experiences as "moral injury." This change in terminology better captures the ethical and emotional turmoil faced by nurses and doctors who are unable to deliver the quality care they know patients deserve due to systemic issues like understaffing and excessive administrative burdens. During a POLITICO Health Care Summit, speakers from National Nurses United and Moral Injury, a healthcare advocacy group, highlighted how this moral injury not only affects healthcare workers' well-being but also poses risks to patient care. They advocated for policy changes, including regulation of insurance authorizations and support for care providers' mental health, to mitigate these challenges and retain healthcare professionals in their roles.
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