Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Partnership Aims to Support Workforce Development for Aging Population

Americans aged 65 will nearly double to 88 million between now and 2050. It is estimated that 70 percent will require some form of long term care. Because of this surge, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the country will need an additional 1.1 million paid caregivers to care for this population. A workforce development strategy to recruit, develop, and retain talented caregivers has been challenging. Fortunately, there may be a solution in the near future to remedy this problem. Recruiting, developing and retaining talented caregivers has been a priority for many long term care leaders and a unique partnership is a compelling start.

The Nursing Department at Bethel University, the American Health Care Association (AHCA), and Academic Partners have created a new online program that utilizes the How to Be a Nurse Assistant curriculum into an online format that can be used with nursing students as a baseline course. With the expertise of Academic Partners, this online technology combined with a high quality curriculum is now available online. 

AHCA is excited about the new blended Certified Nurse Assistant ( CNA )online program and the potential solutions it offers for the workforce challenges in the profession, specifically the need for more certified nurse assistants. More than 20 AHCA state affiliates are already working to advance the program, moving it through the state by state approval process. And there is still an opportunity for many more states to take advantage of this new offering. This partnership hopes the new blended online CNA program will help ease the workforce challenges in the long term care profession, specifically the need for more CNAs.

Potential students need reliable, flexible and technology-enabled options. As such, this partnership creates a nursing pathway from CNA to LPN (licensed practical nurse) to RN (registered nurse) to BSN (bachelor of science) to PA (physician assistant). An online training program such as this will help train future caregivers that are vital to providing quality care for the increased aging population in years to come. 

Learn more about the program by visiting http://cnaonline.ahca.org/. Please contact Jon Patrick Ewing (202-898-2834) with any questions or to find out if this program is available in your state.

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