One of the reasons I enjoy working in long-term care is seeing the advancements in technology and people. Working for MatrixCare, I get to see both regularly. With it being National Nurses Week, it’s timely to focus on the people part.
For example, every year I go back to my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, to represent MatrixCare at their annual healthcare administration banquet. This year’s theme was “Embracing the Continuum: Developing Leaders for the Future.”
Three reasons I love going to this event each year:
- Talking with students
- Connecting with providers
- Learning about new innovations
Back to school
I learn from the students as much or more than they (hopefully) learn from me. In discussing career opportunities, I always stress the importance of technology. This new generation has a higher level of technology sophistication. I want to help them see how it plays a role in healthcare operations.
For example, one student switched their major from sales and marketing to healthcare administration. Another student was interested in statistics and analytics. We talked about how these skill sets can be used in long-term care in many ways.
In my job, I’m talking with providers all the time. In this setting, I get to reconnect on key topics.
One of the newer nursing home administrators discussed the importance of data analytics. We also talked through clinical best practices and clinical decision support tools that can help nurses with providing care.
It’s also great to hear from clients that are using MatrixCare! An intern from a current client facility shared her feedback on training new nurses on our software.
Leaders of the future
Ed Kenny, the CEO of Life Care Services, was the keynote speaker. He spoke on the changing housing products and the variety of roles available to future leaders. It hit on many of the key questions I’d been talking with many of the students earlier.
It’s fun to look around the room and think about the possibilities from these future leaders. Who will think of the next thing that can improve the lives of seniors?
May is a great time to appreciate those in long-term post-acute care. For everyone making a difference in a resident’s life today, and to our future leaders, thank you!