Craig Hassed; Week 1 MED1022; HEP
Self care requires attention to personal care, care of colleagues, providing healthy and supportive work environments and culture. Work pressures, personality type, inadequate support, lack of training and business pressures lead to poor mental health among doctors. Mental health problems can lead to medication and procedural errors, misdiagnosis, avoiding responsibilities, lack of or poor communication with patients and staff. Chronic sleep deprivation associated with drug and alcohol abuse, conflict, weight change and medical errors. Denial is also common among senior doctors. Workplace stress related to control, support and demands.
Among peers, look for academic problems, actions, habits, interpersonal problems, emotions, cognitions. Be specific about concerns, understand you may be wrong, talk to the student, take it to a respected supervisor, follow through, respect the confidential nature of the problem. Poor time management is a result of lack of focus, planning, direction and perspective. It results in pressure, feeling hurried, incomplete work and errors.
Emotional intelligence: self awareness is ability to understand and recognise emotions, drives and effects; self regulation can control or redirect disruptive impulses, can think before acting. Motivation involves passion for work outside money and status, energy and persistence. Empathy understands emotions of others and displays a skill in interacting. Social skill can manage relationships and build networks, can find common ground and rapport.