Next Free Webcast – Building the Workforce Pipeline in Long-term Care – September 27 at noon

Earn 1 hr. CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

With:  Traci Larson,  LNHA, Senior Vice President of Employee Experience, Presbyterian Homes & Services

Deb Barnes, LNHA, LSW, LALD, Administrator/CEO, Lakeview United Methodist Health Services

Jenna Kellerman, MA, CPG, LALD, Director of Workforce Solutions, LeadingAge Minnesota

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In response to demographic shifts and the impact of the pandemic, long-term care service providers are challenged, more than ever, to recruit, train and retain staff to fulfill the goals of their organizations.  Three leaders working in the long-term care industry will share their perspectives in this timely discussion.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the long-term care workforce
  • Discuss staffing pipeline barriers and solutions that have worked
  • Identify training methods that have contributed to recruiting and retaining staff
  • Identify resources to help prevent burnout among all staff

Traci Larson,  Presbyterian Homes & Services

Traci Larson leads the Presbyterian Homes Employee Experience, which focuses on training and equipping direct care staff and Campus Leaders to excel in their roles. She has a passion for engaging and developing middle managers as well as bringing inspiration to others throughout the organization.

Traci serves on the board of LeadingAge MN and, previously, was a Member/ Officer of the Minnesota Directors of Nursing Association (MNDONA). She also volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Jenna Kellerman, LeadingAge Minnesota

Jenna works to uplift the career of caregiving, implementing resident-centered care models, and educating others about the importance of this field.  She leads the work by supporting the development of the Health Support Specialist career with Leading Age Minnesota.  This includes the implementation of a new Online Nursing Assistant program and building the Manager/Supervisor program.

Jenna’s career focus is to advance strategic efforts around the recruitment, retention, and development of an aging services workforce.

Deb Barnes, Lakeview/Methodist Health Services

In Fairmont, Minnesota, Deb manages the continuum of care services across three campuses of Lakeview Methodist Health services:  Skilled nursing care, housing with services and independent living.  In 2020, she oversaw ground-breaking for a $24 million nursing home building project.  Maintaining a skilled and fully staffed workforce is a daily priority.

Deb serves as South Central Workforce Board Chair, Past Chair, Fairmont Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and present member of Leading Age MN Public Policy Committee.

Past Free Webcast – What Were We Thinking: Past, Present and Future of Aging Policy and Practices 1971-2021-2071 – August 18th, 2021

Earn 1 hr. CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

By: Todd Stump, MSW, Aging and Adult Services, MN DHS
LaRhae Knatterud, MAPA, Aging Transformation, MN DHS

Additional Panelists:
Megan Dayton, MN Demographer’s office

John Selstad, formerly of Aging and Adult Services

Handout–What Were We Thinking 8.18.21

Handout supplement–Megan Dayton’s slides 8.18.21

In fifty years, when members of Generation Z are living with the impact of governmental and societal decisions concerning older adults, this question will arise:  What were we thinking?

Imagine it is the year 2071, fifty years from now.  Gerontology students are reading about how older adults were described and cared for in 1971:  As a homogenous group of people needing care and unable to advocate for themselves.  Relegated to living in substandard conditions in nursing facilities, medicated to manage mental health challenges and ignorant of technology.

Come back to 2021 where these same students observe continuing age segregation, inaccessible community design, housing shortages, end-of-life care challenges, a lack of diversity in terms of individualized care and an ongoing emphasis on acute care over prevention, health, and wellness.

There is an opportunity today to identify, discuss and prioritize answers to the issues that impact aging in MN now and during the past fifty years. Why not identify the answers right now?

With help from your answers to a brief survey linked below, LaRhae Knatterud and Todd Stump of the Minnesota Department of Services will examine these ideas.

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