How Long Term Care Hiring Can Reduce Hospital Readmissions

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one in five patients wind up back in the hospital within 30 days of leaving, creating a “revolving-door” affect. The readmission of Medicare patients alone amounts to $26 billion annually, $17 billion of which is spent on return trips — surely some of those incidences wouldn’t occur if the patient received

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5 Things to Consider Before Implementing an LMS

Healthcare organizations must ensure that their mandatory training requirements around accreditation, patient privacy and clinical licensures are up to date in order to be deemed compliant by regulatory bodies, such as The Joint Commission. In order to stay organized, efficient, and ready for an audit, healthcare organizations should consider implementing a learning management system (LMS). An

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How to Deter Long Term Care Employee Burn Out

A study of long term care providers found that many of their employees feel a sense of personal accomplishment from their job. However, with more and more demands being placed on the healthcare industry as a whole, many long term care providers also reported high levels of employee emotional exhaustion. Emotionally exhausted employees can feel unmotivated,

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[INFOGRAPHIC] The Communication Gap Between Leaders & Front Line Staff

Back in April, we launched our first annual Planetree and HealthcareSource HR Influence Survey. The purpose of the survey was to learn what kind of role human resources plays in healthcare organizations when it comes to improving the patient or resident experience. Here’s an infographic displaying some of the survey results related to the communication gap that

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VANHA Conference Highlights: 3 Employee Accountability Initiatives

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of presenting on creating a culture of employee accountability at the 40th Annual Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging (VANHA) Conference and Tradeshow in Hot Springs, Virginia. Here are three of my personal takeaways that I believe long term care professionals can use to facilitate a greater culture

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Don’t Rely on Money to Motivate your Healthcare Employees

The healthcare sector is one of the few industries that, despite the current economic decline, has a high-volume of job openings. While the high level of vacancies encourages a variety of people to consider joining the healthcare sector, many of the personal traits required for healthcare professions are behavioral-based competencies. Not everyone possesses the compassion and adaptability required to

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Transforming New Hire Onboarding

Aligning the interview process to your long term care organization’s culture is important. But what about once your candidates begin work? The first 90 days of a new job are when employees are the most impressionable. The very first day has a lasting impact. According to Myra Johnson, VP of HR at Heritage Communities of Kalamazoo,

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Want more Employee Accountability? Increase Learner Engagement.

“There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow…It goes without saying that no company, small or large, can win over the long run without energized employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it”

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