McKnight’s: Staffing takes a front seat when driving quality of care

In April 2019, CMS began enforcing stricter standards for the Five-Star Quality system, its consumer-facing nursing home ratings system. Our Co-Founder and Chief Nursing Officer, Chris Caulfield, weighs in on the impact these standards will have on staffing in the post-acute setting.

It’s clear that if nursing facilities want to score high on their staffing domain, they will need to keep their RN staffing levels as level as possible. In 2020, it’s expected that nursing facilities will increasingly push to staff more RNs in order to maintain adequate ratings.

Read Chris’s full article here.

This GivingTuesday, IntelyCare Supports the Long-Term Care Nursing Education Foundation

This GivingTuesday, IntelyCare Supports the Long-Term Care Nursing Education Foundation

This GivingTuesday, we have decided to give back to a cause that is so near and dear to us – the Long-Term Care Nursing Education Foundation.

The LTC Nursing Education Foundation – which is the charitable affiliate of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination – positively impacts the lives of 1.4 million people living in nursing homes by providing educational scholarships and research grants for nurses committed to improving the quality of life and care for LTC residents.

 

What is GivingTuesday?

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that happens every year right after Cyber Monday.

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

We think there’s no better way to kick off the season of giving than by giving back to those in need!

 

Why we give.

The long-term care setting has some of the highest instances of burnout among nursing professionals, due, in part, to the nationwide nursing shortage, which is only going to continue to worsen in the coming years with the nation’s aging population. 

Providing educational opportunities for nursing professionals can help them grow in their field, and encourage them to thrive in the long-term care setting. We hope that opportunities like the ones provided by the Long-Term Care Nursing Education Foundation can help drive more nursing professionals into the long-term care setting, improve the working environment, reduce nurse burnout, and ultimately, enable nursing professionals to provide the best care possible to their patients. 

We could continue to list out all the reasons why we support the Long-Term Care Education Foundation, but who better to tell you than the co-founders of IntelyCare?

Watch the short video below to hear co-founders Chris Caulfield, RN, NP-C, David Coppins, Ike Nnah, and Prince Nnah explain why this charity means so much to them.

 

 

Does your facility need help with your staffing needs? Request a demo with a member of our sales team for a walk-through of our intelligent solution.

IntelyCare was created by nurses, for nurses. We’re here to take care of those who take care of everyone else; our staffing solution gives nurses the opportunity for a better, more flexible schedule to help reduce nurse stress. Apply today to join the future of nursing.

Life as a Human: How the Gig Economy Is Helping the Nurse Shortage

With the nursing shortage on the rise, the gig economy is emerging as a viable option to optimize the current nursing workforce and reduce burnout among healthcare workers. The gig economy can provide nursing professionals with the autonomy to create their own schedules, so they don’t have to sacrifice their physical and emotional well-being to stay in the profession they love.

In this article from human interest magazine, Life as a Human, IntelyCare is cited as an app solution that leverages the gig economy model to bring flexibility to the post-acute nursing workforce.

Read the full article here.

The Boston Globe: As gig economy expands into temporary staffing, worker protections retreat

Massachusetts is cracking down on gig economy companies to expand the benefits and protections offered to their employees. In a recent article for the Boston Globe, our CEO David Coppins weighs in and explains why IntelyCare decided to recognize our gig workers as W-2 employees, rather than independent contractors, all along.

“The contractor model, really when you think about it, makes it seem like we don’t really care about [the workers], we care about margins,” he said.

  

Health care has a great need for more temporary staffing, Coppins said, noting his company has 4,000 employees who can work in 125 facilities across Massachusetts, and also has employees in eight other states.

 

Before long, he predicted, all health care staffing will be done through digital platforms. And that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

 

“We have this tendency to demonize the concept of the gig economy, but the concept itself is really needed,” he said. “The demonization of it is because the companies have treated [workers] like an asset, or a tool, not like people.”

Read the full article here

Outcomes Rocket: Reducing Nurse Burnout

Our Co-Founder and Chief Nursing Officer, Chris Caulfield, RN, NP-C, joined the Outcomes Rocket podcast to describe his journey to become a nurse entrepreneur and explains how IntelyCare’s smart matching technology can allow nurses the build their own schedule and achieve a healthier work-life balance. Ultimately, if nurses have greater autonomy over their own lives, it can hopefully reduce nurse burnout. 

You can listen to the podcast here.