Caring for ICU Providers

  • Ruth M. KleinpellEmail author
  • Omar B. LateefEmail author
  • Gourang P. PatelEmail author
  • Rachel Start
Part of the Respiratory Medicine book series (RM, volume 18)


The intensive care unit (ICU) environment can pose adverse risks to ICU care providers including psychological and physical stressors. Managing care for critically ill patients with life-threatening conditions can result in conflicts related to end-of-life decisions, ICU burnout, and moral distress. Other factors such as exposure to patient suffering and family distress, prolonged work hours, or inadequate resources or staffing can result in stress for ICU healthcare professionals. Addressing burdens placed upon ICU providers and promoting a healthy work environment are important in ensuring respectful relationships, interdisciplinary teamwork, and active engagement as well as promoting job satisfaction and ensuring retention.


ICU providers ICU caregivers Healthy work environment ICU work environment ICU staff burnout ICU staff moral distress 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Clinical Research and ScholarshipRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Rush University College of NursingChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Mercy Hospital and Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Rush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  5. 5.Rush Oak Park HospitalOak ParkUSA

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