ShiftMed and NAHCA Join Forces to Bring One-Stop Solution to Workforce Crisis

Partnership Marks Launch of National Institute for CNA Excellence (NICE) to Train and Certify CNAs Amid Health Care Staffing Shortage

ShiftMed, one of the largest workforce management platforms in health care with over 60,000 credentialed health care professionals, and the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), the professional association for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), have joined forces to launch the National Institute for CNA Excellence (NICE). NICE is an integrated training platform that includes a learning management system to recruit, train, certify, and retain CNAs. The solution will be immediately available to skilled nursing facilities.  

With CNA workforce shortages at record levels, and the need for long-term care among older adults on the rise, accessibility to quality education and training are national imperatives. As a virtual platform, NICE is designed to address this crisis by providing both CNAs and skilled nursing providers with recruitment, certification, job placement, continuing education, and ongoing career support all in one place. ShiftMed’s network of over 1,500 enterprise health care partners will also help solve the workforce shortage by providing the required on-site, hands-on experience required for certification. 

ShiftMed Helps Fight Pandemic With 50,000 Vaccinated Nurses on the Front Lines

Platform’s Health Care Professionals Poised to Help Hospitals Meet Challenge Posed by Vaccine Mandate

MCLEAN, VA – November 10, 2021 – ShiftMed, one of the largest workforce management platforms in health care, announces that it has achieved a record level of vaccinated compliance by more than 50,000 members of its workforce. Following an intense program to promote credentialing and vaccine education, more than 80% of the health care workers who use ShiftMed are vaccinated across the 56 markets where the platform has a presence.

ShiftMed prepared for the vaccine mandates by developing training and education programs to complement vaccine approvals. ShiftMed partnered with the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) and The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) to provide a virtual forum on the ShiftMed platform for frontline health care workers to speak directly with board certified physicians, greatly reducing vaccine hesitancy. ShiftMed built upon its education and training programs by creating a strong sense of community among its nurse workforce, providing recognition for vaccination, and developing social content that furthered the vaccine conversation, including putting a spotlight on stories about ShiftMed nurses’ loved ones impacted by COVID-19.

What you need to know about the new coronavirus strains and how to protect yourself

Across the world, new coronavirus strains have started to emerge. The coronavirus and its viral variants known as COVID-19 (or SARS-CoV-2) became more infectious.

In South Africa, the coronavirus case rate doubled from the new virus strain. Hospitals filled up at twice the speed; doctors and scientists knew the virus had mutated. Geneticists and virologists sequenced the genome and identified a new virus strain. For scientists on the ground, the virus mutated overnight.

How do Messenger Ribonucleic Acid (mRNA) Vaccines Work?

The promising COVID-19 mRNA vaccine is unique compared to vaccines you may know.

While some vaccines—like the flu vaccine—use a whole virus or bacterium to help build immunity to pathogens, mRNA vaccines work differently.

Recombinant vaccine technology employs yeast or bacterial cells to make many copies of a particular viral or bacterial protein or sometimes a small amount of that protein.

mRNA vaccines bypass this step. They are chemically synthesized to simplify production and carry the information that enables cells to make the pathogen’s proteins or protein fragments themselves. The immune system then responds to these proteins and develops the tools to react to future infections with the pathogen.