​Amid the continuing strain from COVID-19 on certified nurse assistants (CNAs) and all providing care in the long term and post-acute care setting, the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) and CNAs for Quality Care announced the first-ever CNA Staffing Summit to be held on Oct. 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (ET).

The news comes on the heels of the release of the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes report, which contains a number of recommendations that affect direct care staff, NAHCA said. In an effort to address what’s contained in the report, as well as other issues, the CNA Staffing Summit will convene nursing home operators, administrators, nursing staff, directors of nursing, HR professionals, recruiters, and more so that everyone can learn from CNAs—as well as from each other—with the objective of creating a more unified workforce.

A panel of nine career CNAs from nursing homes around the country will be moderated by NAHCA Chief Executive Officer Lori Porter. Harvard Professor David Grabowski, PhD, will examine the state of the research on COVID-19 and direct care staff. Medical Epidemiologist for Long-Term Care at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Nimalie Stone, MD, is invited to speak as well, NAHCA said.

In addition to education, CNAs and others will address what matters most to direct care staff: engagement, recognition, and recruitment.
“The purpose of this is to not only bring together the entire nursing home workforce ecosystem but also to dig into the unfettered truth about what CNAs and their team members need to be more effective, more engaged, and, frankly, more appreciated,” said Porter, who recently served on the Coronavirus Commission.

“I want to share with the long term care community what we can do to take steps to resolve the workforce crisis and create a unified nursing home team that offers better care to elders.”

For those interested in joining the summit, NAHCA noted that three CEUs are currently pending from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

The John A. Hartford Foundation, Sabra Health Care, and Fire and Life Safety are sponsors.

For more information and to register, go to nahcacna.org/cna-staffing-summit/.