Why Do Healthcare Workers Come to Work Sick?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 26th, 2016

Eighty-three percent of Advanced Practice Clinicians and physicians admit coming to work sick within the past year! 56% had significant respiratory symptoms, 30% had diarrhea, and 16% had fevers. Why did they come to work anyway?

SelfCare_Sick Nurses99% said they didn’t want to let their colleagues down.

95% had concerns about staffing.

93% didn’t want to disappoint their patients.

64% were concerned about ostracism by coworkers.

61% reported a cultural norm to come to work unless they were “remarkably ill.”

The very people who are committed to curing people are exposing them to illness. We need to shift the culture to one of caring for our caregivers.

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