DOL’s Final Rule on Worker Classification To Increase Legal Woes, Administrative Burdens for Nursing Homes

Many skilled nursing operators will need to reclassify their existing relationships with independent contractors and rethink future ones in the wake of a final rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) on Tuesday. The DOL’s new rule revises guidance on how to determine who is an employee and who is an independent contractor under […]

SNF Staffing Agencies Urge DOL to Classify Temp Workers as Employees

Big names in the staffing agency world are urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to classify temporary staff in nursing homes, among other health care settings, to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors. The coalition of some 30 health care staffing companies sent a letter earlier this month to the DOL, calling […]

SNF Nurses Say Profession Interferes With Life, Seek Out Side Hustles or Switch Careers to Cope with Low Wages, Burnout

Half of today’s nurses have picked up “side hustles” to make extra income outside of the profession, with nearly half of new nurses planning to switch careers. That’s according to a survey published by ConnectRN this month, which highlighted concerns surrounding the profession as it stands today. ConnectRN surveyed more than 1,300 nurses for its […]

SNN Clinical Conference: Fireside Chat with connectRN

This article is sponsored by connectRN. This article is based on a discussion with Kalyn Weber, Senior Vice President of Clinician Experience at connectRN. The conversation took place on April 20, 2023 during the Skilled Nursing News Clinical Conference. The article below has been edited for length and clarity. Skilled Nursing News: Kalyn has over […]

Survey: 50% of RNs Have Considered Leaving the Profession

Although nursing home employment has slowly been on the rise since the pandemic sent staffing numbers plummeting nationwide, the toll the nursing shortage specifically has taken continues to be a concern for operators. Persistent staffing shortages and high turnover has more broadly motivated operators to rethink positions like MDS coordinator roles and consider allowing registered […]

Nursing Home Staffing Strain Could Hit ‘High Point’ This Week as COVID-19 Crisis Rages

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep through the nation’s nursing homes, the industry’s already strained workforce could soon reach a new breaking point as caregivers become sick themselves — or fear spreading the virus to their loved ones. The staffing crisis hit the national media last week, when a nursing home in Riverside, Calif. […]

Uber-Style Nurse Staffing Platform connectRN Lands Athenahealth Vet as New CEO, Plots Expansion

With changes in Medicare reimbursement rules and heightened pressure to cultivate stronger clinical outcomes, technology has increasingly emerged as a solution to help providers find and retain staff. connectRN, a mobile software platform that assists registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), nursing assistants, and other staff in finding available employment slots at multiple facilities, […]

ConnectRN Takes a Page from Uber When Tackling Skilled Nursing Staffing 

In a skilled nursing landscape dominated by a shortage of workers on every level, a Newton, Mass.-based staffing company is trying to make adding temporary workers as easy as ride-hailing. ConnectRN was founded in 2014 by current CEO Michael Wood, Idriz Limaj, and Agron Ademi. The company uses mobile software to allow registered nurses (RNs), licensed […]