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“We continue to invest in our work- force, including oering competitive hiring bonuses for critical positions,” Olivolo said in a statement. “Addition- ally, we recently made a signicant investment—totaling more than $164 million—by increasing the take-home pay of more than 12,000 frontline employees in nursing care roles.” Zolnierek said now is a good time for young nurses to enter the workforce. “Pre-COVID[-19], not all new grad- uates were nding jobs in hospitals,” Zolnierek said. “Now there are all With the high demands and trauma that nurses have experienced during the pandemic, both Love and Zol- nierek said burnout has become a serious concern. “We’ve seen increased suicide among many dierent health care professions, and there’s an increasing attention beyond burnout,” Zolnierek said. Many professional groups as well as employers, including hospitals, oer programs to help. kinds of opportunities.” Focus on mental health

Medical City Alliance oers sev- eral programs to support employees’ mental health, Miller said. A pro- gram called Nurse Care helps hos- pital-based nurses with work-life balance and management of stress and anxiety. It also promotes self-care and handling common nursing issues, Miller said. Another program called Code Com- passion helps colleagues to recognize moments of crisis. “Just as we would call a medical ‘Code Blue,’ if there is a trigger event, a colleague calls a ‘code compas- sion’ and sends out a message to the response team to provide support, recognition or resources to a colleague or team in need,” Miller said. The hospital also oers a “Going Home Checklist” to remind sta “to pause and reect before leaving and to turn our thoughts to restoration and home,” Miller said. Texas Health, which has a hospi- tal in the Alliance area, oers Psy- chological First Aid, a program used by the Red Cross and most states during disaster response. It oers its employees weekly voluntary virtual

Area hospitals oer a variety of programs to support their health care workers. Here are some examples.

provide opportunities for career growth and resources to help care for their physical and mental health,” said Kelly Martin, vice president of human resources for Texas Health Resources, in an email. • information about certications; and • an emphasis on research and best nursing practices. Texas Health Resources o ers: • a free, condential counseling service called Psychological First Aid. The Baylor Scott & White Nursing Institute oers: • mentoring and succession planning; • nurse recognition;

Medical City Alliance o ers: • more than $5,000 in tax-free reimbursement each year for higher education; • free classes through Galen College of Nursing; and • multiple programs to support employees’ mental health .


group sessions that are facilitated by licensed mental health provid- ers, according to the health system. In 2019, about 70 people used this free, condential counseling service. In 2020, more than 2,600 took part, according to Texas Health. “Retaining employees, especially during the taxing times we’ve expe- rienced in the pandemic, means systems must treat employees well,

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