Addressing native well being care staffing shortages

Physicians, nurses and different clinicians are in brief provide throughout the U.S. and that’s solely anticipated to worsen sooner or later. However what can native Health Care leaders do to reverse this development? OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee may need the reply.

The hospital just lately requested its personal Mission Companions to assist remedy this nationwide challenge as a part of a Trailblazer Problem. In consequence, OSF Saint Luke was capable of supply 25 concepts, with a majority coming from Mission Companions on the entrance traces of care.

As an Innovation Hub that provides Mission Companions at each degree the instruments to show modern concepts into viable options for their very own communities, the hospital chosen 5 ideas to additional develop their concepts.

Growing an area expertise pipeline 

The next proposals concentrate on how one can appeal to college students and the neighborhood to scientific and non-clinical roles at OSF Saint Luke.

Camp Med

Venture lead: Brenda Streit, supervisor, Volunteer Companies

Camp Med is an initiative to introduce junior highschool college students to professions in rural Health Care. The aim is to supply a five-day camp at OSF Saint Luke that gives younger folks with training and hands-on actions that permit them to discover and expertise the wide-ranging careers concerned in Health Care supply. Brenda plans to faucet into sources supplied by means of the Leap Simulation STEAM program in addition to concepts from native Mission Companions to construct this system out.

“I consider that our youth is our future,” stated Brenda. “This camp will give us an opportunity to display our tradition of compassion to college students and illustrate the advantages of working in a rural hospital.”

A day within the lifetime of a Mission Associate

Venture leads: Breanne Cinnamon, supervisor, Rehabilitation Companies, and Darcy James, supervisor, Affected person Entry

This challenge goals to enhance the OSF Careers web page to present candidates a clearer image of Jobs obtainable and what IT takes to acquire these roles. This would come with extra detailed descriptions of open positions at OSF Saint Luke in addition to video and podcast content material that includes Mission Companions in motion and answering questions on their roles. This materials would even be shared on social media platforms and utilized in space faculties and profession occasions.

“The concept is to supply a greater understanding of the roles OSF has to supply and why Mission Companions select to serve right here each day,” stated Darcy. “Giving members of the neighborhood an concept of the day within the lifetime of a Mission Associate might help us educate, inspire and recruit extra folks.”

Scholar volunteers and hospital helpers

Venture leads: Jennifer Oetzel, occupational therapist, and Natalie Boelens, scientific pharmacist

This workforce mixed their concepts to extend the variety of volunteers at OSF Saint Luke whereas additionally serving to college students discover careers in Health Care. The brand new idea expands a longtime volunteer program into an on-site, unpaid internship supplied to younger folks in junior excessive, highschool, house college or space faculties. Internships could be supplied in 4 classes: scientific, technical, service-oriented or enterprise administration. The aim is to broaden data in numerous Health Care fields, assist hospital departments fill gaps in personnel and supply hands-on actions for college kids to achieve full expertise of the office.

“Getting college students into our amenities will elevate consciousness of neighborhood service and profession alternatives in Health Care,” stated Jennifer. “IT can even assist us present a future worker base for our Health system.”

OSF within the classroom

Venture lead: Sam Rux, coordinator, Public Relations & Communications

This idea would accomplice OSF Saint Luke with faculties within the Kewanee space to reveal college students of all ages and the neighborhood to the hospital. The concept is for Mission Companions to show classes on completely different points of Health Care in faculties, leveraging digital instruments, Health Care-themed toys and different supplies. Matters embrace serving to children perceive what occurs throughout a main care appointment or how the emergency division works. Volunteer Mission Companions would develop a curriculum to suit every grade degree.

“My aim with this program is to indicate children what IT’s prefer to be a affected person,” stated Sam. “However on the identical time, they’re studying what IT means to be a clinician or a caretaker in every of these departments.”

No diploma? No drawback!

Venture leads: Breanne Cinnamon, supervisor, Rehabilitation Companies, and Zoey Murphy, non-traditional technologist, Scientific Laboratory Companies

Whereas scientific roles are arduous to fill throughout the U.S., hospital techniques are additionally seeing decreases in folks enthusiastic about non-clinical roles, reminiscent of upkeep, medical billers, coders and IT. The aim of this challenge is to develop numerous advertising and marketing supplies educating the neighborhood on employment alternatives that don’t require a school diploma, however that permit them to construct a profession path inside OSF. These supplies would concentrate on how people may have entry to continued training and tuition reimbursement to construct significant careers.

“In 2020, 24% of Henry County graduates didn’t enroll in a two- or four-year faculty program inside 12 months of commencement and that quantity is even larger for the most important highschool inside our personal neighborhood,” stated Breanne. “Meaning there’s a big inhabitants of people getting into the workforce who don’t have a school diploma and are on the lookout for a steady job with good advantages. There’s a possibility for us to assist them discover these roles.”

What’s subsequent?

The finalists just lately introduced their concepts to a bunch of leaders from OSF Innovation and OSF Saint Luke, with “Camp Med” and “A day within the lifetime of a Mission Associate” receiving particular recognition.

All 5 concepts will transfer ahead for additional growth. The groups will recruit extra OSF Saint Luke Mission Companions to work on their initiatives and can meet with hospital leaders to plan their subsequent steps. The teams can even obtain continued help and steerage from OSF Innovation in addition to different OSF divisions, reminiscent of Human Assets and Advertising & Communications.

Mission Companions are important to the Mission of OSF. They’ve firsthand data of issues on the entrance traces of care and operations and infrequently have concepts on how one can repair them. Tapping Mission Companions for options impacts Health Care supply for sufferers throughout the group.

Final Up to date: Might 31, 2024

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