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Volume 1: Issue 2

Challenges for the Allied Health Sector: Lessons from Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce

By Gail Cohen, PhD

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine undertook a study of the challenges in the labor market faced by "skilled technical workers" – those workers who need more than a high school diploma and less than a four-year college degree to do their jobs. The subsequent report, entitled Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce, was published in 2017. This opinion piece highlights some of the findings from that report. Many labor market imbalances in this workforce stem from the complexity and lack of coordination among the different local, state, and federal government agencies tasked with education, employment, and economic development. These complexities lead to information problems for policy makers as well as for students and potential workers. The allied health sector exhibits many of these problems, such as confusing education and training requirements, high costs of education, and lack of formal training relationships.


The role of industry-based apprenticeships as a talent-management strategy

By Rebecca Holton, CFRE; Kathryn Jackson, RHIA; William J. Rudman, PhD, RHIA; and Susan Hart-Hester, PhD, RHIA

Healthcare is the fastest growing market sector, expected to add an additional four million new jobs (one-fifth of the total job growth) by 2026. Fourteen of the 30 fastest growing occupations are in the healthcare market sector - which added 28,900 new healthcare hires in May 2018. To meet this demand, health care organizations are seeking new recruitment and talent management strategies. The adoption of new industry-based apprenticeship models that continue to evolve with new iterations and approaches may serve as an overall talent management strategy that helps to fill industry-identified skills gaps in in-demand and new occupational roles, customizing training, and allowing opportunities for employees to develop advanced, specialized skills for the work setting. The authors explore the potential of apprenticeship and the benefits and opportunities it affords as a strategy for talent development and management within healthcare.


Mission at Work: Building your pipeline from Kindergarten

By Gina Schuyler

Childhood development experts have long confirmed that experiencing the world through all the senses and developing likes and dislikes occurs as early as infancy. Indeed, the scaffolding of experiences throughout childhood is the foundation of learning. This article describes two programmatic activities funded through the Career and Technical Education Improvement Grant (CTEI) offered to students in Lake County Illinois that address early and middle childhood exposure to career options and planning via experiential opportunities.


Mission at Work: Perfecting Provider Education

By Laurie Morelle, MS, RN, CCDS and Aimee Van Balen, RN, BSN, CCDS

The role of the Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist (CDIS) within the healthcare environment is critical to accurate patient documentation and provider reimbursement for services that ultimately support sustainability of the healthcare organization. Whether implementing a new Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) program or maintaining a mature department, one common theme remains of the upmost of importance: provider education and engagement. Provider education must be the priority of any CDI department. Without providers and their documentation efforts, hospital systems would flounder within the current healthcare environment as patient care and reimbursement for services are tied to accurate documentation. Provider buy-in and support are a necessary part of any successful CDI program regardless of whether the focus is financial, quality, or audit prevention. The authors recommend the use of a Practical, Powerful, and to the Point approach when educating providers in order to capture their attention and impact clinical documentation. In other words – providing clear and concise information with useful statistics targeted to the specific medical or surgical specialty has been much more successful than overwhelming providers with broad and non-specific information. The purpose of this commentary is to share successes and challenges of the authors’ nine-year CDI mission of educating over 3,000 providers within a multi-hospital system.


Mission at Work: American Public Transportation Association 2018 Workforce Summit

Submitted by Joseph W. Niegoski

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has a long-standing and impressive commitment to supporting, developing, and championing the needs and development of the transport industry’s workforce. APTA’s recent national Workforce Summit: The Changing Mobility Paradigm and its Impact on Tomorrow’s Workforce is another example of the public transportation industry’s continued resolve to move forward with the workforce agenda as the industry is at the crossroads of new mobility paradigms, new technologies, and new workforce needs. This inaugural Summit welcomed thought leaders from around the nation who addressed some of the most important industry questions, priorities, and workforce challenges faced in modern times. These workforce champions recognize their need to be at the forefront of leading, guiding, and supporting change for the transit industry. The Summit provided a forum for listening and engaging in important conversations, bringing new thoughts and ideas to the table, broadening networks, and developing some personal action items as well as recommending some key action items for APTA and for our industry.


CovSim 2018: A workforce education simulation to develop practice-ready graduates

By Natasha Taylor, EdD MSc. M Ed. M Ed. BSc (Hons). PGCE. MBPsS. FHEA; Janet Campbell; Adam Layland; Dawn Wilbraham-Hemmings, BSc (Hons) Health Science, FdSc Pre-hospital; and Oliver Wood

This case study provides an overview of a cross-faculty interprofessional simulation event to help in the development of practice-ready graduates. The case study is based on a simulated music festival, CovSim 2018, which was used as a context for a set of collaborative capability learning outcomes. A series of six individual but interlinked simulation stations were developed, with a linear major incident narrative to help contextualize the learning outcomes. These simulations were: 1) preparation and then 2) immersion into the music festival, 3) social media, 4) emergency department, 5) healthcare leadership, 6) public inquiry. These simulations comprised immersive simulation elements, using innovative technology but underpinned with existing, evidenced pedagogical tools and structures. This project was designed, in part, to evaluate the feasibility of interprofessional education collaboration with seemingly disparate learners, and to assess whether this type of event could affect cognitive change. The case study described here outlined the implementation process and presentation of a multi-phase research project and analysis.