Non-Clinical Staffing Shortages Create Pipeline Issues for Critical Nursing Home Positions
Nursing home leaders expect non-clinical staffing shortages to have a crippling long-term impact on the talent pipeline and career interest in the space – both on a clinical and supervisory level – as many young people make the choice to enter the workforce via other industries.
Infection prevention protocol and more broadly the tight regulatory requirements the industry is known for are considered barriers to recruiting and retaining non-clinical staff at the moment, especially as industries outside of health care loosen personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation demands.
Dietary aides, housekeepers, kitchen staff and recreation departments all fall under the non-clinical banner.
“We’ve had those shortages before Covid and they only got worse after Covid … those areas have not returned either,” said Jay Moskowitz, CEO of Vivage Senior Living.