CNA Summit to Address Workforce Crisis in Long-Term Care and Post-Acute Care

The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) for Quality Care are proud to announce the first-ever CNA Staffing Summit to be held on Oct. 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

The announcement comes on the heels of the release of the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes report, which contains a number of recommendations that affect direct care staff. In an effort to address what’s contained in the report, as well as other issues, the CNA Staffing Summit will convene nursing home operators, administrators, nursing staff, directors of nursing, HR professionals, recruiters, and more so that everyone can learn from CNAs—as well as from each other—with the objective of creating a more unified workforce.

A panel of nine career CNAs from nursing homes around the country will be moderated by NAHCA CEO Lori Porter and Skilled Nursing News Editor Alex Spanko. Harvard Professor David Grabowski, PhD, will examine the state of the research on COVID-19 and direct care staff. Medical Epidemiologist for Long-Term Care at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Nimalie Stone, MD, is invited to speak.

In addition to education, CNAs and others will address what matters most to direct care staff: engagement, recognition, and recruitment.

“The purpose of this is to not only bring together the entire nursing home workforce ecosystem but also to dig into the unfettered truth about what CNAs their team members need to be more effective, more engage, and, frankly, more appreciated,” says Porter, who recently served on the Coronavirus Commission as the voice of CNAs everywhere. “I want to share with the long-term care community what we can do to take steps to resolve the workforce crisis and create a unified nursing home team that offers better care to elders.”

Three CEUs are currently pending from the National Association of Boards of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB).

The John A. Hartford Foundation, Sabra Health Care, and Fire and Life Safety are sponsors.

Following is the link to more information and to register: https://www.nahcacna.org/cna-staffing-summit/