With the drastic increase in the volume of patients and the ever-present threat of COVID-19, it is no surprise to find that there is a 20% to 35% rise of clinicians reporting symptoms of depression, exhaustion, and PTSD. Being chronically overworked and in a constant state of crises is taking its toll on the industry at large, with an estimated 20% of healthcare employees quitting in the span of two years.
There is a very apparent and dangerous crisis in the healthcare field, causing many in the industry to wonder, “What’s next for healthcare employees in 2022?”
Thankfully, top hospital leaders are working on solutions to ease the burden on their frontline employees. Here are some of the trends and changes in healthcare that workers can look forward to in 2022.
A Focus on Reducing Healthcare Worker Burnout
The mental well-being and health of workers need to become a top priority for healthcare employers. With hospitals being short-staffed and experiencing an influx of patients, they cannot afford to lose their current workers. There are many strategies companies are taking to address workplace burnout, such as:
- Training leaders on how to recognize and address burnout
- Bringing in more staff to improve staff-to-patient ratios
- Offering support and wellness programs
- Letting healthcare workers focus on their job instead of non-clinical tasks
- Including their employee’s input in scheduling and managing their shifts
Many hospitals and medical facilities are more open to hearing what their staff has to say to help alleviate the ever-present issue of burnout from highly valued employees.
Telehealth Is On the Rise
One of the most significant changes to the healthcare field is the increased demand for telehealth.
Pre-pandemic, only 2% of medical visits were virtual. But thanks to the flexibility, safety, and ease of telehealth options, virtual visits make up nearly 25% of patient visits. Telehealth has become a sought-after option for healthcare employees. While virtual care cannot be viable for every sector in the medical field, it does excel in:
- Primary Care
- Behavioral Health Therapy
- Urgent Care
In the near future, healthcare employees can expect to see a continual increase in telehealth visits, more training to ensure ease of usability, and advancements in virtual care.
Prominent Need for Behavior Health Care
One in four Americans have been struggling with depression during the pandemic, and one in three developed anxiety symptoms, resulting in a significant need for behavioral health care.
Consequently, the rise in the number of people seeking out professional help has grown quickly. In fact, 84% of psychologists who focus on anxiety disorders have seen increased demand for anxiety treatments.
Thankfully, telehealth has played a vital role in helping to provide remote services to behavioral health patients.
But remote services are only as good as the institutions that provide them. Arguably, telehealth could be just as unhelpful as no alternative option if there weren’t any qualified workers available to answer the call.
Travel Nursing Is Becoming More Popular
With nursing shortages nationwide, especially in rural locations, many hospitals are turning to travel nurses to supplement their staff.
Many young nurses are taking this increased demand for travel nurses as an opportunity to see the world, make more money, expand their skill set, and take control of how much they work in a given year.
For many nurses, travel nursing allows them the opportunity to work less, relax and recharge more, and in turn, provide better care to more people with the focus and flexibility to help them avoid burnout.
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