Long-term care staffing crisis looms.
The long-term care industry will face a critical staffing shortage
due to demand for workers, said Allen Rosenbloom, president of the
Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, in an Alliance press release.
The industry will require approximately 800,000 direct care workers by
2010, he told the National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care.
Rosenbloom said a stable, well-trained work force is essential to
quality care, and that the commission should focus on the shortage of
clinical educators who train registered and licensed nurses. The
commission should also consider making training, mentoring, and career
ladder programs a priority, according to the release.