On June 7, 2019, the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts and the Northeastern University School of Nursing at the Bouve College of Health Sciences convened a working session entitled Nursing Call To Action: Building a Nursing Workforce to Deliver Complex Care at Home. The event brought together schools of nursing, home care agencies, and state regulators to focus on four key issues:
- What are the competencies and skills needed by new graduate nurses entering home care? What would be the roles of agencies and schools of nursing in preparing nurses with these skills?
- What are the most effective home health recruitment strategies, including what can be done to elevate the visibility of home health jobs to nursing schools and the attractiveness of the home health field to nursing students.
- What are the barriers to collaboration between home health agencies and nursing programs in placing students into the home care setting?
- What types of potential financial models could support/offset the costs incurred by home care agencies of providing clinical placements for students and of onboarding newly graduated nurses.
The Report and Recommendations of the Nursing symposium are available for download.