Designing Career Paths Aids Hospice, Palliative Care Staff Shortages
The hospice and palliative care workforce has been shrinking in recent years due to staff retirement, burnout, and limited opportunities for specialty training. Designing a career path with opportunities for advancement can boost recruitment, improve retention, and reduce turnover. “Currently, the specialty workforce is just too small to meet demand,” said Brynn Bowman, chief strategy officer, Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). “The relationship between the supply and demand of palliative and end-of-life care teams is overwhelmingly short-staffed. We hear tons of reports of clinicians working ‘round the clock. We need and want to provide more training avenues so that people enter these specialties because there’s a workforce shortage.” Hospice leaders identified staffing shortages as their top concern moving into 2020 on a Hospice News survey in collaboration with Dallas-based tech company Homecare Homebase. More than 26% of 300 respondents anticipated staffing as their greatest challenge, outweighing concerns over increased competition in the hospice space and new payment models.