Business of Anesthesia & Fundamentals of Practice Management
Due to the increasing demands placed upon all healthcare workers, the stress of work is taking a toll. The burnout crisis among physicians and acute care nurses has been intensely studied and delineated. However, this is not the case for nurse anesthetists. The stressors associated with anesthesia administration lends itself to burnout. Yet, we have little more than anecdotal reports of burnout among nurse anesthetists. Until fully elucidated, we must take action to mitigate the conditions leading to burnout among nurse anesthetists. This can be accomplished by first equipping anesthesia leadership with burnout assessment skills, then provide them with the essential components of a wellness initiative. Finally, anesthesia leaders will gain mastery of leader-as-coach philosophies, skills, and strategies (including Servant Leadership principles.) Why coaching? Coaching modalities inherently empower; therefore, lead to enhanced staff well-being and engagement.