JOB SPOTLIGHT: NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR (NHA) **UPDATED JUNE 2019** As a large number of Baby Boomers get older and retire, the need for high-quality, experienced nursing home administrators (NHAs)is growing rapidly and only expected to continue to rise. In the next ten years, we will need more retirement facilities and more nursing home administrators to manage them. As one of the top healthcare recruiting companies in California, we at De Vore help to place the right candidates with the right facilities for this director-level position. What does a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator Do? Licensed NHAs oversee and manage nursing homes, assisted living facilities and retirement communities where elderly and disabled people live. As the head of operations, a nursing home administrator wears a lot of hats and plays a crucial role in keeping their facility running smoothly. The actual administrative, clinical and managerial tasks the nursing home administrator does will depend on how big their facility is. If they are part of a large, corporate chain, they will manage a large staff, but if they are at a smaller facility, the NHA will do much of the work and training themselves. In a smaller home, they may also be the head of the human resources and public relations departments. Nursing home administrators supervise the various departments in their organization, including finance, food services, social services and maintenance. They make sure their facility is in compliance with the latest state, federal and local laws and regulations. They also develop and implement policies and procedures within the organization and manage the monthly budget and finances. A quality NHA will be able to balance compassion and care for the residents and their family members while still working to keep a high occupancy rate and make the right business decisions for the facility. How to Become a Nursing Home Administrator Nursing home administrators have to get their bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration. While a master’s degree in health administration, public health, business administration or long term care administration is not a requirement, many licensed NHAs do get a master’s both to further their knowledge and also set them apart from other candidates. The next step is to work toward both state and national licensing. NHA Federal and State Licensing Licensed nursing home administrators have to follow both federal and state requirements. The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)has information about both national and state-specific processes. While the individual state requirements differ, all prospective NHAs have to sit for the national exam. The NAB website is a great resource for practice tests as well as to learn more about each state’s requirements. The majority of states also require a minimum of 400 hours as an administrator-in-training (AIT.) The licensing process helps ensure that every NHA knows how to comply with state and federal regulations while still being able to manage the various departments in their organization. A Typical Nursing Home Administrator Salary While the income for an NHA varies depending on his or her experience, location, credentials and size of the facility, a licensed nursing home administrator can expect to make close to six figures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an average annual salary of $100,000+. At De Vore, we are always on the lookout for the best candidates. We like to see NHAs who are sensitive to their residents’ needs, who are good verbal and written communicators, and who understand the importance of generating revenue. We also prefer candidates with a stable career history. If you would like to find out about our available licensed nursing home administrator positions, call our skilled recruiters today at 877-411-4358. Contact Sean today to discuss how you can continue to find and attract the best talent for a Nursing Home Administrators.
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THE 7 STATES EXPECTED TO HAVE THE MOST AVAILABLE NURSING JOBS
**UPDATED JUNE 2019**
In 2017, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) did extensive research on the U.S. nursing workforce. Based on their findings, the HRSA made projections regarding the supply and demand of both registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPNs) across the United States.
Not only did the HRSA predict which states will have nursing surpluses and shortages by the year 2030, they also found that nursing jobs make up the largest percentage of careers in the U.S. health care workforce. If there were no nurses, the health care system as we know it would collapse.
The HRSA predicted that certain states like Florida, Ohio, Virginia and New York would have a surplus of registered nurses by 2030. They also projected some states like Ohio and California to have a surplus of LPNs.
However, the HRSA predicted that if we are to maintain our current level of health care, seven states will experience a significant deficit of registered nurses by 2030. Four states in particular are projected to have a shortage of more than 10,000 registered nurses, or FTEs (full-time equivalents.)
THE SEVEN STATES WITH THE LARGEST NEED FOR REGISTERED NURSES (RNs)
- CALIFORNIA –44,500 FTEs
- TEXAS–15,900 FTEs
- NEW JERSEY–11,400 FTEs
- SOUTH CAROLINA–10,400 FTEs
- ALASKA –5,400 FTEs
- GEORGIA–2,200 FTEs
- SOUTH DAKOTA–1,900 FTEs
While the HRSA also predicted that 33 states will experience a shortage of LPNs by 2030, the impact is not quite as significant as that of RNs since LPNs can be trained faster and with less costs. The demand for LPNs is expected to increase faster than the supply by 2022.
STATES WITH THE LARGEST NEED FOR LPNs
- TEXAS –33,500 FTEs
- PENNSYLVANIA–18,700 FTEs
- FLORIDA – 10,300 FTEs
- GEORGIA–10,500 FTEs
- NORTH CAROLINA–10,700 FTEs
- ALABAMA–9,600 FTEs
- MARYLAND–8,400 FTEs
REASONS FOR THE NURSING SHORTAGE
There are a number of reasons for the expected nursing shortage, like aging Baby Boomers, retiring Baby Boomer nurses and a steady growth in the prevalence of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, obesity and arthritis.
RNs and LPNs also tend to work in the same state where they received their training. This means that states where fewer people enter the nursing profession end up having a deficit. Another problem is that not enough future nurses are enrolling in nursing schools to meet the growing demand. Not enough qualified faculty members at nursing schools also compounds the problem.
Other factors contributing to the expected nursing shortage are high stress levels and a high turnover rate for newly-licensed RNs. Many RNs work in environments where there aren’t enough nurses working alongside them. When this happens, they have less time to spend with each patient, which affects the quality of care they can provide as well as their job satisfaction.
In our extensive experience in healthcare recruiters, we have also seen an increased need for specialty nurses trained to work in specialized areas like intensive care, psychiatrics or oncology.
OUR HEALTHCARE RECRUITING COMPANY PLACES RNS AND LPNs
As a top healthcare recruiting company, we at De Vore specialize in filling both nursing and director-level health care positions for hospitals and facilities around the country.
See all our available positions, including registered nursing jobs, here.
Whether you are a health care employer or are looking to further your career in healthcare in 2019, contact us today at (877) 411-4358. Our skilled healthcare recruiters would love to speak with you.