Nursing News: Hospice Nurses and Health Care Aide Productivity Rises

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 17th, 2016

The productivity of licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs) and home care aides (HCAs) increased in 2015, according to the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).

hospice nurse health care aideThe average number of actual visits per day for RNs totaled 4.39 in 2015, compared with 4.33 in 2014. The average number of visits for LPNs rose from 5.04 in 2014 to 5.15 in 2015. The productivity of HCAs also jumped, increasing from 5.21 in 2014 to 5.31 in 2015.

The report also found that the national turnover rate for hospice RNs rose to 20.55%, compared with 18.57% in 2014.  The turnover of HCAs also saw a boost, from 17.57% last year to 20.91%. Considering the mental and emotional toll of this benevolent work, that is not surprising.

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