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Governor Walz Takes Creative Approach to Long-Term Care Staffing Shortages

On November 25, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

In recognition of severe staffing shortages facing assisted living providers and nursing homes in Minnesota, the Chief of Staff to Governor Walz yesterday sent a message to 36,000 state employees, asking them to consider volunteering for a potential redeployment to help long-term care residents and facilities at some point in the future. “We could need assistance in communities across the state, particularly in Greater Minnesota,” the message noted. “Facilities could make use of any RNs, LPNs, or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). No prior experience is required. If needed, we will provide CNA training prior to deployment.”

Notice of Vacancies on Key State Boards and Councils

On November 11, 2020 by Lori Meyer

The Minnesota Secretary of State released a notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. LeadingAge Minnesota members are encouraged to apply for and serve in these important public service roles. Vacancies include:

Grow Your Workforce Through Apprenticeship

On November 11, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

The Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) is hosting a series of events during National Apprenticeship Week. Attend their virtual event “Introduction to Apprenticeship for National Apprenticeship Week” on Friday, November 13 at 10:00 AM to learn about registered apprenticeship as a workforce development model. The event will offer an overview of registered apprenticeship and the benefits of growing and sustaining an innovative workforce through employment-based training. Click here to register for the event using the event password: kaPpjyMH983

CNA Staffing Summit Offers Honest Look at Long Term Care

On October 21, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

The CNA Staffing Summit, hosted by The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), offered an unfettered look at the career of nursing assistants and the state of our long term care work environments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stars Among Us Awards Offer Opportunity to Recognize Staff

On September 30, 2020 by Barbara Landeen

The Stars Among Us Awards have a long tradition of honoring some of the best of the best in our field. This year, more than any other, we want to recognize the tireless essential workers on the front lines

CNA Staffing Summit Announced

On September 30, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) and CNAs for Quality Care have announced the first-ever CNA Staffing Summit to be held on Oct. 20, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Click here to register for the virtual event.

Stars Among Us Awards Nomination Deadline Extended

On September 2, 2020 by Barbara Landeen

The deadline for submitting 2021 Stars Among Us Awards nominations has been extended to January 11, 2021. As mentioned previously in this newsletter

DHS Considering Return to Fingerprint-Based Background Studies

On August 19, 2020 by Kari Thurlow

LeadingAge Minnesota recently learned that Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is proposing to return to fully-compliant, fingerprint-based background studies process sometime in the near future.

Opportunity to Partner for CNA Skills Training

On July 8, 2020 by Julie Apold

Project for Pride in Living (PPL), a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis is looking for employer partners who are interested in working together to customize a NEW training opportunity to help fill CNA positions within long-term care settings in the Twin Cities metro area. 

Recruiting Displaced Workers

On April 14, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

Several new resources are available to help your organization recruit displaced workers as COVID19 exacerbates the pre-existing workforce crisis.   

MN Senate COVID-19 Response Working Group Focuses on Long-Term Care

On April 8, 2020 by Libbie Chapuran

The Minnesota Senate COVID-19 Response Working Group met yesterday, focusing their work on the impact on the long-term care community. LeadingAge Minnesota member Deb Barnes, Executive Director at Lakeview Methodist Health Care, began the hearing with testimony about the impact of COVID-19 in long-term care settings.  

New Workforce Recruitment Tool: Senior Living FastMatch

On April 8, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

Argentum and the American Seniors Housing Association have announced a new resource to help workers who have been displaced due to the fallout from COVID-19 find new employment opportunities in senior living: Senior Living FastMatch. As our field expects to fill several hundred thousand positions in the next few months, you are invited to post your available opportunities through FastMatch at no cost through Sept. 30, 2020.  

Red Cross Closes Nursing Assistant Training; Get OnTrack

On March 10, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

The American Red Cross will stop offering nursing assistant training courses in April. Organizations that utilized the Red Cross courses are encouraged to reach out to OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training to continue developing a pipeline of caregivers.  

Appropriations Bill Funds Key Priorities

On January 14, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

The 2020 appropriations package that was signed into law in late December features key initiatives and funding for workforce, dementia, veterans and potential transportation solutions for rural and underserved communities.   

Online Calculator: What’s Your Turnover Cost?

On January 7, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

An organization that averages 40 staff terminations per year is spending at least $180,000. What’s your turnover cost? A new online calculator from LeadingAge can help you see how much staff turnover is costing your community. 

Coming Soon: Employee Retention Survey

On November 26, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Have 5 minutes? Want to know key insights into staff retention? Get ready to take a brief survey next week to help us and you better understand the state of employee engagement practices in our field.

Focus on Staff Strengths

On October 28, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Focusing on an individual team member’s strengths is more effective than focusing on improving weaknesses. One study showed a stark difference in engagement scores: 67% were engaged when their supervisor focused on strengths, as opposed to only 30% being engaged when their supervisor focused on weaknesses.  

Promising Practice - Workforce: Resident Concierge Representatives

On October 28, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Thinking of ways to expose potential employees to your community for possible recruitment? Give the prospective employee – and you – a chance to try out older adult services by creating a new position called a Resident Concierge Representative (RCR). Cassia, an affiliation between Elim Care and Augustana Care, created this new position at a few of its sites and is already seeing positive outcomes in recruitment and retention.   

Workforce Shortages: Bold Solutions from LeadingAge

On October 23, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

LeadingAge has just released the IMAGINE Initiative – a bold set of proposals to increase the number of foreign-born aging services workers available in the United States. 

Are you Listening? Workforce Podcasts available

On October 15, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

The Workforce Innovators Podcasts from the LeadingAge Center for Workforce Solutions brings you interviews with various leaders in our field focused on programs to help address workforce challenges.  

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