Announcing our “Home, Not Alone” Speakers Bureau Campaign

The Alliance’s Home Care Speakers Bureau can bring presentations on careers and other subjects to nursing schools, job fairs, or student assemblies.

Health care is moving out of the institutional setting and into people’s homes. Nursing and other allied health professional positions are following a similar path as the percentage of nurses moving into work a in hospital setting continues to decrease annually. Yet, newly graduated nurses often leave school not having been exposed to the nursing opportunities and high degree of complexity and independence in home health care practice.

Our Home, Not Alone campaign seeks to drive interest in, and confidence about, making a nursing career in home care or hospice.

Our dedicated speakers will bring presentations on careers and other subjects to nursing schools, job fairs, or student assemblies. Here is just a snippet of a presentation:

For more information about the program, visit the Home Care Speakers Bureau on our website.

State Making Changes to CORI Certification Process

On March 12, 2012, the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) stopped accepting CORI Certification applications.

According to DCJIS, this change is necessary in order to transition to a new web-based iCORI system that will be implemented on May 4, 2012. The iCORI system will be available for wider use by the public, employers, landlords, professional licensing authorities and volunteer organizations.

All current CORI certifications have been extended through May 4, 2012. If your organization has a current CORI Certification, you will not be required to apply for re-certification.

An FAQ document with more information is posted on the DCJIS webpage, along with the proposed regulation. A public hearing is also scheduled for any interested in commenting and the notice for that hearing is also posted on the DCJIS website.

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HCA Member Publishes Article in Caring Magazine on Employee Engagement

In the January issue of Caring Magazine, Executive Vice President for MetroWest Home Care & Hospice Jane Pike Benton published an article on engaging employees to foster a successful culture within home health agencies.

Benton writes that recognizing employees and showing appreciation is critical. She shares some of the strategies that MetroWest Home Care & Hospice has implemented and some of the processes and planning the agency went through such as creating a Great Expectations (GE) Team, which was assembled with highly motivated and engaged employees who were already setting an example. This team the established a set of standards and values by which all employees on the agency were held accountable and that appears at the top of each performance evaluation.

The article beings on page 20 of the January edition of Caring Magazine.

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Career Center Expands to Include All of New England

Last June, the Alliance launched its new Career Center to connect Massachusetts home care agencies with the professionals they need to expand and enhance their businesses.  This month, we’re pleased to announce that the Career Center is expanding into the rest of the region, and will include new partner associations from across New England.

As a successful career center requires traffic as much as quality, this expansion will benefit old users as much as new ones by increasing the Career Center’s profile and attracting new applicants.  The Alliance will be marketing the Career Center steadily over the next few months, as will the Home Care & Hospice Alliance of MaineHome Care Association of New HampshireRhode Island Partnership for Home Care, and Vermont Assembly of Home Health Agencies, who will be promoting the Career Center in their states.

The Alliance was also able extend the introductory $100 price for 30-day listings (a savings of 43%) for members who enter a coupon code through the beginning of April.  Members may also use a separate coupon to receive a 20% discount  on any Career Center purchase — including bulk packages — both during and after the introductory period.  For a full explanation of the changes and access to the members-only coupon codes visit the Career Center FAQ (log-in required).

If you haven’t already get started by creating a FREE Employer or Job Seeker profile and start posting your open positions or resumes (existing profiles on the Career Center will operate as before).  Packages of 5 and 10 jobs are available, as are 60 and 90-day listings, as well as a variety of extras to ensure maximum exposure for your listings.

Contact the HCA’s Tom Meyer at (617) 482-8830 or Annissa Couch at (866) 376-0949 x 6047 with questions, or just visit the Career Center.

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