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Survey: Virginia NFs and ALFs Facing Continuing Workforce Crisis

Survey: Virginia NFs and ALFs Facing Continuing Workforce Crisis

Results of the member survey on workforce issues show that 86 percent of Virginia’s long term care facilities said their workforce situation has gotten worse in 2022.

  • 96 percent have asked staff to work overtime or take extra shifts in the last 60 days.
  • VHCA-VCAL issued a press release this week announcing the results

 

Key findings include:

  • 86% of Virginia’s long term care providers said their workforce situation has gotten worse in 2022 compared to 2021. This is five points higher than responses to the same question in 2021.
  • In the past 60 days, virtually all facilities, 96%, asked staff to work overtime or take extra shifts.
  • Compared to 2021:
    • Staff are working more overtime to care for residents/patients.
    • Four out of five facilities have faced shortages in filling shifts.
    • Facilities are still relying on a significant amount of agency staffing.
  • When asked about their current staffing situation, 55% indicated there were few to no applicants to fill their needs for additional staff; 23% were concerned that they were beginning to have numerous open shifts.
  • This staffing crisis is having an impact on access to care for our seniors, which has worsened in the last year. Over the last six months:
    • 42% of facilities have limited the number of residents in their care to an amount below their capacity because they are unable to staff.
    • 38% of facilities placed a hold on new admissions.
    • 34% turned away hospital admissions.
  • Facilities have vacancies in critical positions or are actively recruiting to fill open positions:
    • 93% of facilities have vacancies for CNAs;
    • 87% have vacancies for LPNs; and
    • 70% have vacancies for RNs; and
    • 67% have vacancies for dietary staff.

 

If you are interested in sharing your story about your workforce challenges, please contact Amy Hewett.