Hospices Innovate to Build Workforce Amid Staff Shortage

Posted Saturday, June 26, 2021

According to a survey by Hospice News earlier this year, more than 35% of hospice leaders cited staffing shortages as the biggest concern for their organizations, along with regaining access to patients in facilities. Many hospice providers, as have most homecare providers, have seen staff turnover increase due the pandemic.  Over 20% of health care workers have considered leaving the field due to stress brought on by the pandemic, and 30% have considered working less, according to a recent study published in JAMA Network OpenAs workforce shortages worsen throughout the hospice space, providers are pulling out all the stops to enhance recruitment and retention. Hospices have faced this problem for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has led to higher turnover rates, exacerbating the shortage. Key strategies involve working directly with nursing schools to recruit new graduates who will learn hospice on the job and engaging the networking potential of existing staff.

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