Recruitment and retention of a competent workforce is a top priority for skilled nursing and assisted living providers in Georgia. The US Census projects that Georgia’s over age 85 population will grow by 83% from 2010 to 2030, the highest growth rate in the Southeast. This creates an increased demand for skilled caregivers in the long term and post-acute care profession in the State. This need becomes especially acute with a declining number of individuals seeking and maintaining careers in the profession in the State and nationally.
GHCA/GCAL is dedicated to supporting members in their efforts to attract, recruit and retain skilled caregivers. Included below are workforce development tools and resources designed to assist our members in those efforts. Should you have questions or need additional resources, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Workforce Staffing Crisis Solutions Training and Support
GHCA has partnered with Drive Culture Outcomes to support our members in addressing workforce challenges with the following programs/resources:
Fearless in the Face of Crisis
5 Modules offering 7 CE Hours Plus Many Bonus Resources including free updates - Cost $197
Click here to learn more and to register.
The Stability Zone
6 modules with over 30 video lessons offering 6.75 CE hours plus free updates - Cost $197
Click here to learn more and to register.
Fully Staffed is a subscription membership with core content, new monthly content, and monthly live group coaching calls - plus masterclasses. Members are typically course participants of Fully Staffed and/or The Stability Zone who join as way to continue their education, grow their skills in a like-minded community, and receive long-term support. Live sessions are held third Tuesday of every month at 3pm, on Zoom with recordings posted in the member program for you to review. Annual Membership is $429.
Click here to learn more and join today!
DCH Establishes Temporary Nurse Aide Bridge Program for Full Certification
DCH has established a bridge program whereby individuals currently working as Temporary Nurse Aides (TNAs) can become fully certified and continue working in the center beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency. Click here to review information regarding the bridge program and certification requirements. CMS previously waived some portions of 42 CFR 483.35(d), allowing nurse aides to work for more than four months at a nursing home without completion of the training and certification process. CMS has not released guidance on whether additional time will be granted once the public health emergency period is ended. TNAs interested in sitting for the competency test are encouraged to work on completing the required coursework and clinical rotations as soon as they are able to do so. Likewise, nursing centers should proceed to support completion of the certification requirements for any TNAs that they want to hire for permanent employment.
Discounts are available for TNAs to complete the CNAonline Training Program. Click here for additional information and pricing.
- Alliant Health Solutions Nurse Aide Training Program (NATP) Application
- TNA to CNA: Let’s Make it Official! - Webinar Presentation
- TNA to CNA Transition - Acedemic Platforms Webinar
Georgia Care for the Aging Website: Member Portal Guide & Promotional Tools
The Georgia Care for the Aging website is a career information workforce development initiative to recruit compassionate and dedicated individuals to the long term and post-acute care profession in Georgia. The site allows potential long term care job seekers to explore the various career opportunities within long term care and provides information on education and training requirements, salaries, and advancement opportunities. The site also links individuals seeking educational opportunities, internships or job placements with centers looking to fill those roles. Job seekers are able to complete an online interest form with their contact information, which is collected and available for members to access. Click here for the Member Portal Guide for instructions on how to sign up for the member portal function of the site, which allows members to directly access candidate interest forms. Additionally, GHCA has created a flyer promoting the new website. Click here to download a printable PDF version of the flyer. We encourage members to distribute the flyer throughout their communities to help us raise awareness of the new website to potential job seekers as well as local high schools and universities.
The GHCA/GCAL Career Center allows member centers to post available employment opportunities free of charge. Additionally, the Career Center allows those seeking employment in long term care to view available jobs and submit resumes through their website. Click here to access the GHCA/GCAL Career Center.
GHCA Education & Research Foundation Scholarships
The GHCA Education & Research Foundation functions to develop, promote and support the professional development and education of individuals who desire to specialize in long-term and post-acute healthcare. Established in 1991, the nursing scholarship program was created to financially assist nurses to obtain or advance their education and to encourage specialization in long term and post-acute care. The program is funded by contributions to and participation in the annual Scholarship Golf Tournament and other donations received throughout the year. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has awarded approximately 300 scholarships to deserving recipients to assist with their nursing education. Learn more.
GSW Bachelor of Science in Long-Term Care Management Degree & Scholarship
The Bachelor of Science in Long-Term Care Management (LTCM) is an academic program offered online and in the classroom setting through Georgia Southwestern State University. It is a four year interdisciplinary degree addressing the need for a better prepared workforce for our nation's aging and disabled populations. It is interdisciplinary as students will take courses from a variety of disciplines - sociology, psychology, business, nursing and the caregiving institute.
The John and Betty Pope Scholarship Program scholarship program provides financial assistance to students desiring to study caregiving and family support through the Bachelor of Science Long-Term Care Management degree at Georgia Southwestern State University. Admission Requirements: This scholarship program is intended for adult learners (who graduated from high school at least one year ago and have joined the workforce) with ambitions to return to school and complete a four year college degree. Click here for a program flyer. Click here for more information and to apply online.
AHCA/NCAL WORKFORCE Resource Guide
Employing a stable and well-trained workforce is a fundamental part of sustaining and improving quality care in long term and post-acute centers nationwide. As the aging population creates an increased demand for services, and the impetus to improve quality intensifies, the profession faces a shortage of caregivers. High employment opportunities and reimbursement cuts that impact competitive wages contribute to this trend. This issue is projected to worsen - the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the number of Americans aged 65 and over will nearly double to 88 million between now and 2050.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) provide members guidance and resources to address the caregiver shortage and other workforce challenges.
Click here for more information regarding the tools available to members.
The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program
The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program provides a pathway for providers of long term and post-acute care providers to journey towards performance excellence. The program is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.
Member centers may apply for three progressive levels of awards: Bronze - Commitment to Quality, Silver - Achievement in Quality, or Gold - Excellence in Quality. Each level has its own distinct rigors and requirements for quality and performance excellence. Applications are judged by trained Examiners who provide feedback on opportunities for improvement to support continuous learning.
Click here to learn more.
Crescendo Strategies Workforce Development Webinars
- Strategies to Improve Retention
- Advanced Retention
- Generational Differences in the Workplace
- Cara Silletto LED Talk on Retention
AHRQ Offering Free 5-Minute Learning Modules for Frontline Staff
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America's health care system. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.
AHRQ is now offering free, five-minute learning modules for frontline nursing home staff. These online videos address emotional, organizational, and clinical challenges that many nursing homes are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first three videos feature strategies for overcoming anxiety, managing stress, and supporting team members. Users can view the interactive learning modules at their convenience on a smartphone, laptop, desktop, or tablet. Nursing home leaders will find tools to introduce the learning modules to staff and incorporate the videos into their existing facility training programs. The modules and guidance are part of AHRQ's ever-growing Nursing Home COVID-19 Resource Collection.
Find the 5-Minute Learning Modules for Frontline Staff here.
- Pursue a Career in Post Acute Care - Flyer
- Long Term and Post-Acute Care Education & Scholarship Opportunities - Flyer
- LPN Educational Program Locations
- Clinical Rotation Guidance for Your Nursing Center
- Nursing Student Information Card for Centers
- Growing a Strong Direct Care Workforce: A Recruitment and Retention Guide for Employers