Retention

A jolt to long-term care best practices, amid the Ivy

A jolt to long-term care best practices, amid the Ivy

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This is going to sound terribly wrong on the face of it. There's no way around it. It appears that the nation's largest association of nursing home operators has just bought itself a whole lot of credibility.

Improving your staff turnover rate in assisted living

Improving your staff turnover rate in assisted living

Assisted living communities have always had high turnover rates - generally attributed to the prevalence of non-professional/low paying jobs. Estimates for staff turnover range from a low of 21% to a whopping 135%, with an average of 42%.

The keys to reducing turnover in long-term care

The keys to reducing turnover in long-term care

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The turnover rate in long-term care is a very significant problem, so I dug into the research about it. Some of the findings were shocking. Others were simply very disappointing. Here's what I found, and what can be done to improve conditions.

Grace needed at separation: People don't forget

Grace needed at separation: People don't forget

Handing in your resignation is rarely an easy event. As a leader, be it a program manager, assistant or an administrator, ask yourself this question: How do I treat people when they resign to take another job?

Improved nurse retention begins with smart hiring practices, expert says

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The turnover rate for long-term care nurses is far higher than the national average, but facilities can improve retention by adjusting human resources practices, a top workforce researcher said in a McKnight's webcast Thursday.

Recruiting, retention and onboarding: Part Two

Recruiting, retention and onboarding: Part Two

Finding and keeping good employees is essential for delivering quality resident and patient care. Given the cost of replacing staff, it's never too early in the employee lifecycle to think about reducing dysfunctional turnover

Recruiting to reduce turnover in LTC

Recruiting to reduce turnover in LTC

Organizations must take steps as early as possible in the employee lifecycle to address dysfunctional turnover. From selection to 'onboarding,' there are specific strategies to improve employee retention.

Better retention of SNF licensed nurses relates to fewer rehospitalizations, study finds

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Skilled nursing facilities that have fewer rehospitalizations are likely to retain their licensed nurses at a higher rate than other SNFs, according to a study in the April issue of Gerontology.

Survey assesses turnover and retention rates among assisted living workers

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The overall retention rate for all assisted living employees was 73% in 2011, a new survey from a provider group finds.

'Pay attention': Free webcast on how retention [of good employees] pays

'Pay attention': Free webcast on how retention [of good employees] pays

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'Pay attention: Retention pays' was the title of the latest in a series of free McKnight's webcasts for long-term care professionals. The hour-long event was broadcast live Aug. 28 and is available for a year via the McKnight's online archive. Lead presenters were Shelly Szarek-Skodny, the president and CEO of Legacy Business Partners, and Mark Woodka, the CEO of OnShift Software. They addressed staffing strategies critical for minimizing turnover and retaining good employees, a route to better outcomes, higher occupancy, increased resident satisfaction — and a healthier bottom line.

You're fired! Welcome to the team

You're fired! Welcome to the team

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The holy grail of long-term care hiring would have to be the ability to divine in advance who will end up becoming a personnel liability and workplace nightmare. Most providers try to do that with a combination of intuition, hypnosis, polygraphs, frisking and background checks.

About those rats at your facility ...

About those rats at your facility ...

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I think we might have caught some of you sleeping not long ago. That's the only way I can explain what happened - or should I say what did NOT happen.

Long-term care struggling to hold onto employees, expert explains

A year after healthcare reform became law, finding and keeping good industry employees continues to be a massive challenge, especially in long-term care, an expert in healthcare recruitment and retention said Wednesday.

Experienced direct-care nurses respond positively to retention initiatives, study finds

A number of different trial programs conducted around the country have proven successful at retaining experienced direct-care nurses, according to a new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Comprehensive redraft of nurse's role sought in government-backed study

A new initiative to study the future of nursing in America and help address the growing nursing shortage, was launched Tuesday by the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.

Temporary lull in nursing shortage hurts nursing homes, new analysis suggests

Nursing homes aren't reaping the benefits of a temporary easing of the nursing shortage nationwide caused by generally improved economic conditions, a new analysis finds.

Sebelius: New nurse, home health aide surveys designed to increase worker satisfaction

Sebelius: New nurse, home health aide surveys designed to increase worker satisfaction

The recently released Department of Health and Human Services survey of long-term care nursing assistants (CNAs), and a forthcoming survey of home health workers, reflects the department's commitment to the needs of the long-term care workforce, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says.

Nursing home leaders to unveil new mentoring program at national conference

Major issues of the day, plus the start of a new mentoring program, will grab the spotlight at the 43rd annual convocation and exposition of the American College of Health Care Administrators this weekend and early next week. Administrators and other long-term care leaders will seek answers about the federal government's new Five-Star rating system, possible Obama administration policies and legislative hurdles at the event, which runs through Tuesday in Providence, RI. Dr. Vincent Mor, chairman of the Department of Community Health at Brown University's school of medicine, headlines as keynote speaker. Dr. Douglas Olson will introduce ACHCA's new mentoring program, through the Academy of Long Term Care Leadership and Development.

Robot nurses to care for aging Japanese

Japan, like many countries around the world, is facing a serious shortage of caregivers to look after its rapidly growing elderly population. Unlike others, however, it is about to create an army of robot nurses.

Providers offering more drastic incentives for new nursing hires

Hospitals and nursing facilities around the country are getting more dramatic in their efforts to attract new employees in the face of a worsening nurse shortage, according to a recent report.

AHCA to Congress: More long-term care nurses needed

AHCA to Congress: More long-term care nurses needed

Congress should enact reforms that bolster the long-term care workforce and help address the nursing shortage, the American Health Care Association told lawmakers Monday.

Evidence-based research delivers new staff retention tools to nursing homes

Evidence-based research delivers new staff retention tools to nursing homes

Long-term care providers, who frequently suffer employee turnover rates near 100% annually, have three new resources designed to reduce workforce turnover. The new tools, which were announced Monday by the Better Jobs Better Care Coalition, also can help providers find new employees and create a better work environment for the staff they already have, researchers said.

RNs have lowest job satisfaction, report finds

Registered nurses are the least satisfied healthcare professionals, according to Press Ganey's Check-Up Report: Employee and Nurse Perspectives on American Health Care Organizations.

Job satisfaction latest nurse recruitment tool

Nursing homes may want to turn their attention to hospitals, which are trying a new method to retain and recruit nurses. Instead of offering financial incentives, they're improving job satisfaction, according to The Washington Post.

New code seeks to prevent unethical treatment of foreign-educated nurses

New code seeks to prevent unethical treatment of foreign-educated nurses

Authors from several healthcare organizations have developed a code to protect the rights of foreign-educated nurses, including those who work in long-term care.

New York bans mandatory overtime for nurses

Another state is putting limits on the numbers of hours nurses have to work. New York Gov. David Paterson (D) recently signed legislation banning mandatory overtime for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Nursing school admissions continue to rise

Admission and graduation rates from U.S. nursing schools increased in 2006, according to an annual survey by the National League of Nursing. The poll of diploma- and degree-granting institutions revealed a 5% hike in new students and 8.5% rise in degrees granted.

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