What is it about?

Hospital staff and leaders explain how they used a locally developed team wellness program called SEED to deal with workplace stress. Leadership in demonstrating and supporting participation in the program was a critical part of its success.Leadership practices are described.

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Why is it important?

Healthcare workers experience a lot of burnout and stress and are asked to take care of themselves usually by changing their lifestyle or being responsible for their work-life balance. SEED views the workplace and the work team as the way to support wellness, promoting collaborative and supportive approaches. However, it is important to know how to make SEED successful and understanding the role of leadership is critical.


Working in health is hard work. Compassion is needed for patients and families but I think staff don’t apply enough to themselves. Keeping staff well gets patients well and we need to know how to do it. I hope that healthcare leaders can read this and learn about the benefits of looking after them selves and their teams.

Julaine Allan
Charles Sturt University

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This page is a summary of: Leading wellness in healthcare: A qualitative study of leadership practices for wellness in hospital settings, PLoS ONE, July 2023, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0285103.
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