Recruiting, Training and Retaining a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

992 Words Dec 16th, 2012 4 Pages
The healthcare profession that I chose to base this essay on is the profession that I am currently training for, which is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA).
The required training for this position is a mix of hands-on experience with certain qualifying course work. I am training to be licensed in the state of New York, however each state has its’ own criteria to attain a license.
In order to become licensed in NYS the hands-on experience may be fulfilled one of three ways:
1. 12 month Board-Approved Administrator in Training (AIT) Program
2. 24 months of qualifying field experience as determined by the Board
3. 24 months of service as Administrator-of-Record (AOR) in an out-of state facility (healthy.ny.gov, April, 2011)
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The licensure exam was jointly developed by the Professional Examination Services (PES) and the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators (NAB) (healthy.ny.gov, April, 2011)

Continuing Education (CE) Credits – There are a number of ways to acquire CE credits but they all must be via a program approved by National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term care Administrators/National Continuing Education Review Service (NAB/NCERS).
General Scope of Practice – To me, this is what it’s all about! I am sure that there are many people that can take the courses and probably do well. They may even score high on the licensure examination. However learning about and following all of the regulations of a LNHA does not a great administrator make! The person that takes on the responsibility of a LNHA must have certain intangible qualities that put him / her in the category of a “people person”. If one has all of the book knowledge but none of the heart or personality for the job then they have wasted their time as well as the time of all that have put themselves out there for this individual. It takes a certain individual who must make their employers, employees, union reps, residents and their families happy. All the while they have the health and well being of their residents charged to them. This is not an easy task! The LNHA, with the help of his / her DON and Department heads, must

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