On December 13, 2012, I am a Motivational Keynote Speaker for the American College of Healthcare Administrators, New Jersey Chapter.
Approximatley 150 healthcare administrators from throughout New Jersey will attend the event. The motivational speech will encompass a full day workshop of learning.
Some of the issue that healthcare administrators deal with are:
- Funding. NJ( like everywhere) has suffered serious medicare/ medicade cutbacks. This means as resources are stretched everyone has to pull together to make things happen. Cuts are usually broad and include staffing, food quality, activities and more.
- Marketing. Many seniors want to stay home for as long as they can so there is natural attrition to homecare.
- Finding Competent Staff. Usually lower paid staff are harder to attract and retain. Add to this, geographically it is hard to find qualified staff in isolated area of NJ. Nursing home are open 24 hours, 365 days a week, this requires a lot of manpower.
- State Department of Health Visits. Every 12 to 18 months, a facility can expect an unannounced visit from the department of health. These meetings last a week or longer and staff are on their toes as the regulators will cite a facility for deficencies, some of which are ridiculous. For instance, a facility may be cited for finding a staff member who washed his hands one second less than he should have.
Being a healthcare administrator is never boring as no two days are alike. As one veteran administrator puts it- it's like a walk along the beach, you never know what you'll stumble upon.
I am looking forward to being a motivational keynote speaker for the healthcare administrators. In the full day program I will be presenting the motivational speech, The Nerve to Serve... Say Hello to Humor & Goodbye to Burnout! and Follow Me I'm Right Behind you.