Did you know that positions in healthcare are growing leaps and bounds? Interestingly enough, the 3 million jobs in healthcare that the Department of Labor predicts will grow between 2012 and 2022 are going to be primarily those positions of healthcare workers with less than a bachelor’s degree. These include home health and nursing aides (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014).
Dawson and Surpin stated that not only are nurse aides the largest segment of the pre-baccalaureate healthcare workforce, but nurse aides are the “hands, face, and voice of healthcare for millions of Americans” (2001). Nurse aides are also believed to be one of the most underutilized and undervalued members of the healthcare team (Ross, Svajlenka, & Williams, 2014).
What Does This Mean for Educational Programs?
Healthcare is moving toward a model of team-based care. Healthcare practices are re-organizing themselves into high functioning interdisciplinary teams. And there is evidence that these interdisciplinary teams lead to better patient care outcomes (Patel, Nadel, &West, 2014). Educational programs will have to adapt to the new team-based model. This will include training our students about the various roles and positions of healthcare team members; the importance of providing care to a diverse patient population, and the importance of effectively communicating patient changes in health status to members of the healthcare team.
What Can You Do To Help?
Training of our nurse aides is going to be a vital part of this new model of patient care. The Office of Long Term Care in Arkansas requires that students seeking to obtain their certification as a nurse aide must complete 16 hours of their training in a long term care facility, skilled nursing unit or rehabilitation unit located in an acute facility or an inpatient hospice unit.
Educational programs are struggling to find clinical placement for their students. Even with the current demand that is placed on healthcare institutions to find competent employees, institutions are hesitant to allow students to enter their facility to train.
Students attending PAL C.N.A. Training Academy will be supervised in your facility with a clinical instructor at all times. Students will be entering your facility to perform skills for your residents that they have practiced and have been checked-off on in a skills lab setting. Our students are also certified with the American Heart Association and have completed a healthcare provider CPR course. They have also completed a TB skin test and a criminal background check.
What Does This Mean For You?
This means your facility will have the advantage of being the first ones to solicit our graduates from PAL C.N.A Training Academy for employment. You will also be doing a great service for the healthcare profession in providing a training site for our future healthcare workers. You will be contacted in the future regarding your interest in being a training facility for this program.
If this is not is not a service you can provide now, PAL C.N.A. Training Academy will be holding job fairs and will maintain a Facebook page so long term care facilities can post their employment needs.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2014). Occupational employment projections to 2022, Tables 25 and
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care. Washington: The Aspen Institute.
Patel, K., Nadel, J., & West, M. (2014). Redesigning the care team: The critical role of frontline
workers and models for success. Washington: Brookings Institute.
Ross, M., Svajlenka, P., & William, J. (2014). Part of the solution: Pre-baccalaureate
healthcare workers in a time of health system change. Metropolitan Policy Program at
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