Daily Nurse: A Nursing Shortage and More: Three Ways the Aging Population Is Affecting the Profession

According to the US Census, by 2030 all members of the Baby Boomer generation will be 70 years and older. As this large segment of the population ages and starts to utilize more medical care, many predict this will increasingly burden and stress the healthcare industry. Chris Caulfield, RN, NP-C, our Co-Founder and Chief Nursing Officer, details the ways in which the aging population will impact the nursing profession, and how he anticipates the nursing field will adapt.

If nurses are to remain in the profession, and patients are to receive adequate care, facilities need to find new ways to manage their workforce.

 

One innovative change currently underway is the emergence of the gig economy in the healthcare space. The gig economy – and gig work – fosters the freedom and flexibility for nurses to build their own schedule. Accepting shift opportunities via staffing apps is much like an Uber driver accepting requests from a user looking for a ride. This model allows nurses to build their work schedule around their own personal schedule, not the other way around, and be able to decide for themselves if they want to work overtime or cut back on shifts to take care of their own health.

Read Chris’s full article here.

Forbes: How Technology Will Disrupt the Nursing Shortage

The looming nursing shortage spells disaster for patient care and the nursing experience as a whole. Chris Caulfield, RN, NP-C, our Co-Founder and Chief Nursing Officer, believes that emerging technologies can improve the nursing experience and prevent nurses from leaving the profession.

There are a number of issues that, if solved, could allow a greater number of nurses to enter the field each year, provide more nurse faculty to expand nursing programs and introduce better pay for nurses.

 

But it could also use an experience upgrade. Nurses cite increased stress, burnout and lack of a healthy work-life balance as the reasons they leave the profession.

 

That’s where technology comes in. Mobile apps, scheduling technology and blockchain credentialing can improve the nursing experience, and this, in turn, can help reduce turnover, improve retention and perhaps even lessen the impact of the nursing shortage.

Read Chris’s full article here.

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.

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.