As we dive into this first week of 2017, there are many pieces of interest in regards to the skilled nursing community that are worth looking at. One of which is the role of nurses in senior housing. According to a recent study conducted by Gallup, nurses are listed as the most trusted profession out of any for the 15th year in a row. Since 1999, nurses have topped Gallup’s list every single year – with the exception of 2001 when firefighters were awarded the number one slot. The fact that nurses are so trusted by people both young and old can be attributed to their line of work and the wide range of duties they perform. From emergency room nurses to those working in senior housing, the importance of these providers is undeniable.
With this in mind, it is also important to make note of the fact that the role of nursing in senior housing is changing. As we discussed last week, some of the trends we expect to see in senior housing in the coming year largely revolve around technology and adapting to a new kind of resident. Technology will remain a major theme throughout the year, with the introduction of more apps aimed towards senior living providers, for one.
How Nurses Are Changing
A new report from researchers at the University of California – San Francisco recently uncovered that the tides are changing in regards to nursing staff personnel, as well. As more and more facilities update their technology and adopt new systems, we are going to witness a gap in staff training. Younger, less experienced nurses are shown to be more adept at picking up new technology than their older counterparts with more years in the field under their belts. According to the study, many note that it is the nurse’s age, not the amount of experience they have, that will drive their ability to adapt and pick up new technology.
This is important for senior living providers, investors, and residents alike, as all parties are affected on one level or another by nursing staff. For SNF providers, it is of the utmost importance that adequate training programs are implemented in order to try to break down this barrier between older, experienced nurses and new technology. While some research indicates that nursing staff were shown to remain unhappy and frustrated with the new systems, regardless of how much training they received, it is nonetheless important that providers are doing everything they can to set their employees up for success.
Nurses are the most trusted professionals, in hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and so on. As technology continues to impact how senior living residents receive care as well as how it is administered by the staff, it is imperative all parties are on board and understand how important it is to change with the times, not resist it.
For more information on this topic or if you are interested in investing in a senior living facility, please do not hesitate to contact Shep Roylance today.