Illinois nursing home career programs pushed

Last Friday, Heartland Community College and Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing co-hosted the “Consortium on Issues in Long-Term Care” that brought together nursing home instructors from six schools. Using ISU’s expanding teaching nursing home project as a model, the group focused on long-term care issues with goals of recruiting nursing students into nursing-home careers. The Consortium also included nursing home administrators who shared ideas with the faculty.

Currently, nursing homes are severely understaffed. Additionally, staffing issues are often cited as causes for nursing home neglect. The joint commitment that the Consortium shows brings hope that staffing shortages may be resolved in nursing homes. A second Consortium will be held in January at Southern Illinois University.

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