Hospices Need a ‘Huge Catapult’ to Replenish Workforce

Posted Monday, June 6, 2022

The newly reintroduced Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA) could make a dent in the recruitment barriers that hospices keep hitting. However, clinical education will need a much larger boost to ensure a sustainable workforce, according to many providers.

Training issues are a serious impediment to hospice recruitment because few students in any clinical discipline receive exposure to hospice or palliative care concepts. Most clinicians also train in hospitals, and many are inclined to remain in that familiar setting as they begin their careers.

“[Hospice] has to become a part of the education of medical students, nursing, and social workers at large,” Eunju Lee, a palliative care social worker told Hospice News. “Actually, for anyone that goes into health care and becomes a fabric of discussions when things like health care proxies and advanced directives are discussed.”

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