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May 30, 2018


WeCare Connect Program

WeCare ConnectTM is a program that connects to your new and existing employees via phone, email or mobile app, and instantly sends the appropriate people in your organization email notifications of any issues that may lead to a resignation. This allows you to immediately intervene with an individual employee and prevent turnover before it happens. Built-in issue tracking and resolution ensure all notifications are addressed appropriately and in a timely manner. WeCare ConnectTM also connects with resigned and terminated employees gathering valuable data that drives organization-wide changes.

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Senate Committee Examines Healthcare Workforce Shortage

On May 22, 2018, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions heard testimony from several witnesses on the growing shortage of health care professionals of all kinds, especially in rural and other underserved areas.

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Confessions of a Culinary Director: Senior Living Dining Staff ‘Very Insecure’

Even if they’re turning out impressive and delicious plates of food like clockwork, chefs in senior living are probably very insecure.

Chefs tend to be insecure due to the nature of their work, and knowing that should help senior living executives provide more consistent and helpful support to these teams, according to a culinary operations director with a senior living provider, who is featured in this latest installment of Senior Housing News’ “Confessions” series.

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Emory goes Down Under to deliver nighttime intensive care here

Hospitals, like many other workplaces, have a tough time filling slots on the night shift. Few doctors and nurses want to work overnight hours, which are often inconvenient and can take a toll in fatigue and burnout.

But in a novel way, Emory medical providers are addressing the problem. Through the technology of telehealth, the health system’s personnel based at a center in Perth, Australia, are delivering intensive care services over a distance of 11,000 miles – to Emory patients back in Atlanta.

Perth, on the southwestern coast of Australia, is nearly as far from Atlanta as one could get, and there’s a 12-hour time difference between the two cities. So while Emory doctors and nurses stationed in Perth are working during the day, they are monitoring ICU patients in Atlanta, where it’s late at night or in the “wee hours” of the morning.

Through this long-distance service, the doctors are ‘‘turning night into day.’’ It’s a concept developed by Dr. Timothy Buchman, founding director of the Emory Critical Care Center, and Cheryl Hiddleson, director of the Emory eICU Center.

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LeadingAge Workforce Innovators Podcast

LeadingAge Workforce Innovators is a production of LeadingAge's Center for Workforce Solutions. The show examines promising practices and innovations to meet workforce challenges.

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Skilled nursing jobs to grow by 13% through 2026, though other healthcare segments will fare better

Skilled nursing facilities' share of the healthcare workforce will shrink by 2026 even as its employee numbers grow, according to new projections built on Bureau of Labor data.

Overall, job growth in the healthcare sector is predicted to outpace the rest of the U.S. economy by three times over the next decade.

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Analysis: US projected to face shortages of these 6 healthcare occupations by 2025

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates healthcare will add approximately 2.4 million new jobs by 2026, a new analysis suggests this growth may fall short of industry demand in six occupations.

The analysis comes from Mercer's Workforce Strategy and Analytics practice. Here are six healthcare jobs projected to experience supply gaps by 2025.

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Providers Need to Look Beyond State Borders to Find Workforce Surpluses

As skilled nursing and other long-term care providers continue to grapple with a persistent workforce shortage, one solution could lie in strategic recruitment outside of an operator’s normal footprint.

While macro-level trends show a substantial nurse and health care support worker shortage that will only get worse as the population ages, not all markets are created equal, according to a new analysis from advisory firm Mercer.

“In fact, contrary to popular belief, it appears that many states are likely to have a projected surplus of registered nurses (RNs) through 2025,” the firm noted in a newly released report on the U.S. health care workforce.

New Evidence That Low Employee Turnover Correlates With High Profits

The single best strategy for retaining employees is managerial attention, writes consultant Bill Conerly in Forbes. "Tell the employees they are valuable," he recommends. "Offer feedback on how they are doing. Very few employees get enough feedback, and it really helps with retention." Conerly also says senior leaders at big companies should get their first-level supervisors conversing with rank-and-file workers, but they are typically...

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How Do Older Workers Impact the Workplace?

According to the Department of Labor, 12.5 percent of older adults in the United States continue to work full-time jobs. A study published in Workplace Health & Safety explored the impacts of older adults remaining in the workforce, reports Medical News Bulletin. In terms of benefits, older workers bring valued experience and reliability to jobs. However, older workers face the risk of a higher chance of injuries and declining health. These challenges can ultimately impact performance in the...

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An Employee Retention Game-Changer: The Stay Interview

Does your organization find it’s spending an exorbitant amount of time on new hire interviews, only to have employees churn in and out? This “revolving door” effect is keeping hiring managers in senior care busy, especially when you consider that the rate of turnover in some staff positions is 50% or higher. The situation seems pretty dire, doesn’t it? Luckily, a little proactive discussion can help. Learn how the ‘stay interview’ can have a positive impact on your organization’s employee...

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How Agencies Can Tap a Rising Generation’s Impulse to Do Good

A report from the University of Maryland's Do Good Institute finds that students entering college have a very high interest in helping others, but the volunteer rate for these students has not increased over the past decade, reports Government Executive. Experts say this is creating lost opportunities to involve young people in the public sector. This issue becomes particularly important because a large swath of the workforce in the public...

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How to Build A Rewards Program That Boosts Employee Engagement

A fun and inclusive rewards program is an essential component for attracting, engaging and retaining employees in senior living. But what exactly should a rewards program look like for your organization? Learn the five actions you can take to build a successful rewards program that resonates with employees and boosts...

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Can Training Eliminate Biases? Starbucks Will Test the Thesis

Following an incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia that prompted charges of racial prejudice, Executive Chairman Howard Schultz called Demos President Heather McGhee to discuss the use of anti-bias training to prevent employees from making similar errors, reports the New York Times. Starbucks then announced that it would close all of its U.S. stores on May 29 to offer such training for 175,000 employees. Starbucks referred to...

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Nursing Schools Are Rejecting Thousands of Applicants — In the Middle of a Nursing Shortage

American nursing academies are rejecting thousands of qualified applicants despite a major nursing shortage caused by mass retirements and the burgeoning senior population, reports CNN. "There's tremendous demand from hospitals and clinics to hire more nurses," notes Robert Rosseter with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. "There's tremendous demand from students who want to enter nursing programs, but schools are tapped out." The American Nurses Association estimates that...

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CDC Says Healthcare Workers Have Highest Asthma Prevalence

An analysis of recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) annual National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found asthma is most common among healthcare workers and those in related industries, reports MedPage Today. The current asthma prevalence among employees in healthcare and social assistance is 8.8 percent, versus 5.4 percent...

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Why Asking About Current Pay Is the New Taboo for Prospective Employers

Major companies have instructed recruiters not to ask job candidates about salary or benefits in their previous employment, as more employers stop using past wages as a guide for setting their future salaries due to new laws designed to close wage gaps in the workforce, reports the Wall Street Journal. In 2016, New York City and Massachusetts passed rules barring employers from pressing job seekers to report salary history,...

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