Despite an industry-wide push for staffing improvements, skilled nursing facilities did not reduce their reliance on nurse aides between 2014 and 2016, new federal data shows.
Nursing shortages are nothing new, and they're going to get worse. So why haven't we adopted solutions that other countries have already? There ARE ways to get around this.
To some it could be like studying less for an important exam. Taking food away from a person in need of nutrition. Donating one's modest paycheck to the millionaire's club.
As someone who has close to 20 years of long-term care recruitment experience and who has personally worked as a nursing home administrator, I understand how important culture is when making the right hire. The first step in creating the right culture is matching the best candidates with your beliefs.
As the government shut down over the weekend, it struck me once again: We in long-term care do not close our doors. Ever.
A special Dec. 7 McKnight's webinar will explore how providers can staff to win by giving employees instant access to schedules, performance feedback, rewards and more.
Thankful Thursday. We've all heard of Thankful Thursdays; many of us celebrate it on a regular basis. This the week we celebrate the most thankful of all Thursdays. I'm reminded of how thankful I am for those who show up every day.
Whether you're Republican, Democrat or independent, you might do well to listen to Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker.
Atlanta's Lenbrook community teamed up with national high school program Cristo Rey in 2015 to provide work opportunities for students, in exchange for helping pay their tuition.
Newt Gingrich tells long-term care providers not to wait for the government to fix their staffing challenges. He also claims some relatively easy solutions are at operators' fingertips.
We talk a lot about employee retention in this industry — and I mean a LOT. With the current employment climate of the sector, it would be unwise not to. Here's a key to it.
Dementia, falls prevention and staffing will be the topics of three separate webinars during the next McKnight's virtual trade show, which takes place Tuesday and offers three free CE credits.
Even the best managers can sometimes inadvertently make jobs more difficult than they have to be, often just out of habit or inattention.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services inserted an important new requirement in the latest version of its Payroll-Based Journal manual. It's one of those innocent-looking provisions that are fairly easy to skim over. But your facility might quickly find itself in hot water should it be ignored.
A special McKnight's webinar will offer providers numerous workforce strategies for surviving difficult times. The event will take place at 1 p.m. Eastern on May 9.
I was taking with someone about innovation. They told me about a famous quote from Henry Ford. Supposedly he said, "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said 'faster horses.'"
When we communicate that we are having staffing issues, whether or not that communication is correct, we are telling the residents and their families that we can't do our jobs.
Employees seem to be in the driver's seat more than ever thanks to high turnover and worker shortages in long-term care. That's why on Feb. 16 providers are being presented with a vital McKnight's webinar, "Employee Engagement: Your Key to Success in 2017."
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction against a pending overtime rule that would have increased overtime pay eligibility for most long-term care employees.
The use of contract agency staff to fill nurse aide and licensed nurse vacancies is escalating. This increase is seen across many states, not to mention across the nation as a whole. Yes, we have a well-documented nursing shortage. Who, if anyone, is concerned? Let's all take a number and get in line!
The youngest generation of employees entering the long-term care workforce will affect professional attitudes and policies profoundly. And that's not entirely a bad thing. Just don't take your eye off your non-millennial employees' well-being as well.
The stars in the workforce-strategy universe must have aligned on Thursday, because a new government report about millennials dropped around the same time that we kicked off a webcast on hiring and retaining millennial workers.
Three skilled nursing facilities in California may close, according to local reports.
Even though the Payroll-Based Journal kick-off was last Friday, it's understandable that questions still cloud this new process. It behooves providers to get up to speed and become better informed as soon as possible.
What do the meat and poultry industry and long-term care have in common, other than often dealing with turkeys? It turns out both have challenges in hiring semi-skilled workers, which is addressed in a bill proposed last week by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ).
It seems that now more than any other time I can remember, people younger than I am are getting a bad rap. Is it deserved? Some thoughts on that, and how we can be good leaders to work around such problems.
Every once in awhile, I come across a research report that falls into what I like to call the "duh" category. These are the studies that announce the "scientific breakthrough" of something that just seems to me like common sense. The latest study to trigger my duh alarm came with this headline: "Senior citizens may accept robot helpers, but fear robot masters."
There are many serious problems in long-term care: funding, regulations, legal concerns, staffing and more. But none of these is the biggest.
Former baseball executive Branch Rickey is famous for bringing Jackie Robinson to the Major Leagues to break the color barrier in 1947. It is especially noteworthy since this is Black History Month, but providers should admire Rickey for another reason as well.
When you're a young person who began mulling career choices in the midst of the Great Recession, and then went on to pick a profession lovingly referred to as "dying," odds are you'll go to great lengths to ensure that you have a stable job upon college graduation.