Building the Workforce We Need to Care for People with Serious Illness: A Workshop

When: November 7, 2019 (8:00 AM Eastern)
Where: Keck Center • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topics Aging, Diseases, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Public Health
Activity: Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness
Boards: Board on Health Care Services, Board on Health Sciences Policy

On November 7, 2019, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness hosted a public workshop, Building the Workforce We Need to Care for People with Serious Illness. The workshop examined the workforce to care for people with serious illness, including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, community-based workers, and home health care workers. Workshop speakers explored challenges and opportunities related to educating, training, and retaining the serious illness care workforce. The workshop also focused on preparing and deploying interprofessional teams to care for people of all ages and all stages of serious illness.

The workshop opened with an overview of the current and projected state of the workforce for care of people with serious illness. The workshop then unfolded over four sessions. The first session focused on the development of specialists, including mid-career, graduate, and fellowship certificate and certification programs. Preparing all health care professionals to care for people with serious illness was examined in the second session. The third session examined challenges and opportunities facing the community-based and home health care workforce. The last session focused on ways to maximize the contributions of interprofessional team members, showcasing examples of workforce models in the care of people with serious illness. The speakers discussed the reproducibility and scalability of innovative care models, specific considerations in the care of special populations and long-term care settings, and overcoming compassion fatigue and promoting resilience and retention.

Planning Committee Members

Brynn Bowman (co-chair), Center to Advance Palliative Care

Brenda Nevidjon (co-chair), Oncology Nursing Society

Jennifer Ballentine, California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care

Robert Bergamini, Mercy Clinic Children’s Cancer and Hematology, Representing the Supportive Care Coalition

Grace Campbell, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Representing the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

Clese Erikson, George Washington University

Denise Hess, Supportive Care Coalition, Representing the Association of Professional Chaplains

Amy Melnick, National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care

Jeri Miller, National Institute of Nursing Research

Miguel Paniagua, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Representing the National Board of Medical Examiners

Philip Pizzo, Stanford University School of Medicine

JoAnne Reifsynder, Genesis Healthcare, Representing the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

Joe Rotella, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

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