Radiating Resilience: Navigating Burnout in the World of Imaging (Podcast)

LaKeidra Taylor Bell, MSRS, R.T. (R)(ARRT)®

*Senior Clinical Coordinator and Didactic Faculty, Baton Rouge General Medical Center, School of Radiologic Technology, Baton Rouge, LA.

Address correspondence to: LaKeidra Taylor Bell, MSRS, R.T.(R)(ARRT)®*, Baton Rouge General School of Radiology, 3616 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. E-mail: Lakeidra.taylorbell@brgeneral.org.

Disclosure Statement: The author reports having no significant financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.


Since the 1970s, the concept of professional burnout has become even more relevant after it was initially researched by Dr Herbert J. Freudenberger. Further examination and study was conducted in the 1980s by Christina Maslach, through which burnout syndrome was correlated with individuals working in helping professions, such as healthcare providers. Over time, additional research has delineated the causes and risk factors for professional burnout, such as stress, age, and lack of self-care. Burnout in the healthcare profession is an urgent crisis, particularly for radiologic technologists (RTs) and radiology departments as a whole. Research has shown that burnout syndrome can have detrimental effects such as the loss of promising RTs and loss of employee confidence and morale. However, burnout syndrome can be treated with the help of coworkers and the department by providing intervention, guidance, and support. The purpose of this podcast is to identify burnout in the workplace, identify the signs and symptoms of professional burnout, and how it affects RTs, coworkers, and radiology departments as a whole. Personal experiences with burnout are also shared as well as strategies for supporting and treating employees and coworkers experiencing burnout syndrome.

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