NAHCA and ShiftMed Partner to Help Hire and Retain More CPNs as Workforce Shortages Continue

In collaboration with ShiftMed, the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) is launching a new education platform that will provide nursing providers with a new outlet for recruitment, certification, job placement, continuing education and ongoing support to career, all in one place.

The platform, dubbed the National Institute for CNA Excellence or NICE, includes a learning management system that will educate badly needed new hires on what it’s like to work in Healthcare.

From 2019 to 2029, there will be approximately 7.4 million direct care openings, according to a report by PHI National, a New York-based research and policy advocacy organization.

The nursing assistant workforce is expected to have 561,800 total job openings during this period.

Lori Porter, co-founder and CEO of NAHCA, doesn’t believe there’s a shortage of people who want to become CNAs; on the contrary, the people in these low-level, low-paying jobs have been undervalued, undervalued and ignored for far too long. She believes the platform will provide staff with a much clearer path as to what their careers in healthcare might look like.

“It will provide them with a better training certification program that has never been available on the market,” she told Skilled Nursing News.

The platform will first pilot in Texas before expanding to the rest of the country.

“Every day, Texas nursing home leaders struggle to find solutions to a direct care staffing crisis we face today unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Kevin Warren, president and CEO of the Texas Health Care Association. a press release announcing the platform.

NICE has already signed an agreement with Senior Living Properties, LLC, a 50-location provider in the state of Texas, as an initial in-state launch partner.

“Having access to more CNAs through this partnership will be a much-needed respite,” Cassie Mistretta, CEO of Senior Living Properties, said in the press release. “It’s the biggest challenge we face, and I’m hopeful that we finally have a solution.”

Porter said that in relation to Minnesota’s initiative to recruit, train and deploy 1,000 CNAs by the end of January — what she described at the time as a good first step — the training platform could serve as a long-term solution to the shortage of personnel in the industry today. faces.

“You can certify 1,000 people but they won’t stay because they are unprepared,” she said. “It’s a kind of turnkey platform bringing together all the players. I have brought experts and industry leaders to the faculty and we will have analyzes on how long a graduate stays in a facility. CNAs need more informed preparation to enter long-term care.

Porter described Texas as the “driving wheel” of the program to fix problems before expanding.

After announcing in Texas last week, Porter saw about 150 facilities across the state apply to become employer partners.

There is no cost to be a NICE Employer Partner until the institution hires a program graduate. Employers will pay $3,000 per graduate hired.

Porter admitted that although the platform was designed to be a national program, getting the necessary approval proved more difficult.

“Current outdated regulations stand in our way,” she said. “Right now, unless we ask CMS for some sort of national waiver, we have to go through this state-by-state approval process, which is cumbersome because it’s not really equipped for platforms in line. Everything is based on bricks and mortar schools.

For example, in Texas, one of the requirements for being a health care aide training and testing program is that there must be a physical address associated with the program.

“The virtual cloud doesn’t have a physical address, it was like trying to put a square peg in a round hole,” Porter said.

Through NICE, CNAs will have access to highly qualified instructors, including post-acute and long-term care physicians, aging services policy makers, and experts on topics such as Alzheimer’s disease, person-centered care, infection prevention and control, palliative care, investigation and certification, and relevant federal regulations.

With ShiftMed as a partner, NICE will have access to a database of medical professionals that will help create a “goal-driven career path” for caregivers who are not certified.

After completing their online training through NICE, CNAs will be able to download the ShiftMed mobile app to be matched with nearby healthcare employers.

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