Feb 14 2023
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Clinicians go into this important line of work because they love caring for patients — and many will soon be taking care of the next generation — but the challenges they face in today’s post-pandemic world are leading many to find new careers.
Set expectations — for your organization and your employees.
Set the right expectations of the level of productivity expected from clinicians and the level of assistance that employees will get when performing their jobs — and make sure those things align with employee expectations. But keep in mind to not be rigid in your approach by trying to fit square pegs into round holes. Be flexible and willing to embrace employees who have different goals, as long as they can effectively and efficiently take care of patients.
Provide employees with the right tools to do their jobs effectively.
The amount of communication that takes place between staff, patients, families, and other care team members is immense. Factor in documentation requirements for capturing that communication and the result is overworked staff burdened with administrative tasks. Provide tools that allow staff to focus more on patient care while also allowing them to easily meet everyday requirements.
Technology should never complicate roles. Instead, it should live in the background as a support function providing ease of communication, guiding employees to do their jobs in accordance with agency processes, enabling use of voice rather than typing notes, and so much more. A great example is when a digital solution eliminates the need for clinicians to give out their personal mobile phone number. It happens all the time, but it’s unsecure and it burdens staff with after-hours calls and poor work-life balance.
When digital tools minimize intrusion on patient care — while simplifying tasks for the care team — it can contribute significantly to staff satisfaction and retention.
Participate in the regulatory and legislation process.
While many providers assume other people will lobby against industry challenges facing qualified caregivers — including competitive pay and reimbursement for organizations who could then pay more — the truth is playing a passive role will not result in positive change. Organizations that are active in creating a better industry for the care team staff they employ should be open about their efforts. Staff would be interested to know if their employer is working to give clinicians more opportunity to make more and be supported in the important work they do.
Educate your leadership on what’s happening in the industry, attend conferences to get involved and learn more, and send those letters to the senator. Every action makes a difference and it’s important to make sure your employees know you’re doing it on their behalf.
Make it easy for patients and families to show their appreciation.
Clinicians go into this line of work because they love caring for patients. They make themselves available between visits to provide comfort, answer questions and alleviate concerns — that kind of personal touch goes a long way for patients and family caregivers during a stressful time. It should be easy for patients and families to comment on and appreciate the care your staff provides. Whether it’s an embedded feedback link or a custom form, getting feedback in a way that’s shareable with staff will be very rewarding for care teams. If clinicians see they’re truly making a difference, they’re motivated to keep doing what they’re doing.
Schedule a demo today to learn how CitusHealth can help make caregivers’ roles more efficient and enjoyable.