We have many challenges and barriers to attracting, appropriately preparing, retaining and elevating the profession of long-term care leadership. Many of these barriers are the result of the federal mandate to states, and the challenge of navigating 51 different practice acts that do not reflect the provision of long-term care services today.
The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards announced the launch of a professional practice analysis. The effort will help NAB better identify domains of practice, tasks performed, and knowledge and skills used by individuals responsible for leadership in organizations that provide long term care supports and services.
Nursing home quality reflects to a significant degree, its leadership - the expertise and commitment of the administrators in charge of leading person-centered organizations. The "Administrator-in-Training" (AIT) or "practicum" experience serves as an essential educational component, facilitating the transition from student to leader, and research has suggested that this AIT experience is critical to the effective development of health care administrator competencies.