Humana CNO discusses how to address burnout

Nursing leaders should adjust staffing models, provide access to mental health resources and foster a culturing prioritizing employee wellness to reduce burnout and promote a more sustainable nursing workforce, according to Humana Senior Vice President and CNO Kathy Driscoll, MSN, RN. The Louisville, Ky.-based system nurse leader and AONL member says nurses working in homecare settings need a strong, multidisciplinary support network ─ including physical, occupational, and speech therapists and social workers ─ to meet patients’ comprehensive needs and keep nurses from feeling they are practicing in a silo. In addition, Driscoll encourages nurses to establish mentorship relationships and build camaraderie in their work environments. She notes structured mentorship can provide guidance, knowledge transfer and support from experienced nurses to nurses at all levels. (HealthLeaders Media article, 5/13/24)