Thursday, December 17, 2015

Connect Community for Young Professionals: Join Today!

Peggy Connorton
At the 2015 AHCA/NCAL convention, we hosted a young professional panel and round table session for individuals in their careers ten years or less. During the panel discussion, participants shared how each of them started in the field and the stories of their first week on the job. The common thread across these stories was the connection to the residents.

After the session, the Association developed a place for young professionals to gather—a connected community for this purpose. This community will allow you a place to ask questions like how to handle the demands of the job, how to lead people who are 20 years older than you, or how to deal with finding a work life balance.

Each of us has our own story of why we decided to work in long term care. This community can give you a resource to connect with others who share your experiences. In addition, we will be posting items that are of interest. I encourage you to join today!

How to get started:
  • If you don’t have an account on the AHCA/NCAL system already, feel free to create one and connect yourself to your organization. You may already have one and not even realize it. Click here to create a new account or reset your password 
  • Once you have an account, you can log in to AHCA/NCAL Connect and join our Young Professionals community. 
  • Go to and sign in with your personal username and password (top right corner)
  • Click Communities 
  • Find the Young Professionals Community, click Join and select your notification preferences. We recommend real-time so you don’t miss anything. 
  • Once you have joined the community, take a look at your profile and fill out as much as you’d like. We’d love to see your picture. It doesn’t have to be a professional headshot, any photo will work! 
  • If you have any issues, click the Contact Us link at the top of the page and one of our staff members will help.

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