Nurse & Other Health Professional Support
You & other health care professionals care deeply about your patients—but you are also under increasing workplace & financial stress
As a health care professional, you are all too familiar with the risks. Burnout, toxic stress and related mental health issues continue to cause high nurse and other health care staff turnover, even after the pandemic.
Nurses complain in particular of insufficient staffing, feeling unvalued by their organization, and inadequate compensation. According to the CDC, these feelings affect many kinds of health workers.
You got into this field with a personal mission to care for people. But for many of you, it’s getting harder to do what needs to be done—and with a reasonable amount of compensation for your hard work & stress.
(And staff being spread too thin is also bad news for patients. For example, high patient-to-nurse ratios have been shown for decades to increase the risk of dying for many patients—as well as burning out nurses.)
Health professionals are increasingly getting caught in the middle—being asked to do more with less time per patient and with inadequate compensation.
Health organizations have not been able to prevent the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, which are in turn driving more & increasingly complex medical treatments. Chronic conditions now affect over half of all US adults, with more than 1 in 3 adults having multiple conditions!
Ultimately, with annual health costs exceeding $12,000 per American and federal health cost-driven deficits skyrocketing, the growing health costs caused by these epidemic chronic conditions cannot be reimbursed adequately by public or private health plans or plan participants.
As costs mount for health employers without adequate reimbursement, staffing ratios and compensation get squeezed by cost pressures.
In other words, by not preventing preventable health conditions, we make health care professionals’ lives much harder—with greater stress and lower compensation.
We must start reducing the incidence of chronic disease, at a reasonable cost (i.e., not by tens of millions becoming dependent on expensive lifetime Ozempic/Zepbound/etc prescriptions). The only way to do so at the scale needed is starting early with children.
One step that you can take now to help us is to fill out our Contact form.
(We only use your email address for our own work. And we do not solicit you or other average income individuals for donations. What we need is your support for advocacy for more government funding for students’ physical activity and for developing health habits in schools.)
Another thing you can do is to encourage your health organization to support Healthy Students Healthy State. You can start by forwarding this webpage to others at your organization or in other areas of health care…or even to friends and family.
How Can I Help?
We do not need your money.
We have wealthy individuals and foundations to support us financially. But to get the large-scale public-private funding that we need to pay to develop healthier habits K-12, your involvement would really help.
We need your help in getting the word out—not your money!
You may be able to spend a few minutes on occasion in the coming years to contact government officials and others.
We will give you all the information you need. All we really ask is for you to send a few legislators an email or letter, or call them on the phone—no more than a couple of times each year.
You can do as much or as little as you choose.
Thank you very much for taking the time to review our work. Working together, we can make a better world for future generations!
One quick easy step that you can take now to help us is to fill out our Contact form.