Code Lavender has been in the news lately as a Burnout Prevention Tool ... that is NOT what it is.
You have heard of Code Blue and Code Red ... well there's a new code in town. Code Lavender.
Code Lavender is a code the hospital staff can call for themselves when they are being overloaded by stress and traumatic events at work.
When Code Lavender is triggered, the staff member gets a Chaplain consult, Reiki treatment, some down time and a lavender ribbon on their arm to tell everyone they are having a rough day. Code Lavender started by Earl Bakken at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea in 2008 and has been reported on most recently in the Cleveland Clinic System.
This week I was interviewed along with Amy Greene, the Cleveland Clinic Director of Spiritual Care, on HuffPostLive on a segment titled:
Code Lavender: Healing One Doctor at a Time. You can watch the interview below.
In the remainder of this blog post (below the video frame) let me show you why Code Lavender is NOT a burnout prevention tool and the function it actually performs.