Hospices fight rising turnover during pandemic

Staff turnover and burnout have been higher since the coronavirus pandemic first hit the nation. Hospices are adopting strategies to stem the tide, with providers increasingly working to build career paths for nurses and other hospice staff.

VNH partnered with the VNA Health System of Northern New England to offer registered nurse graduates a one-year nurse residency program as a way to address the ongoing home health care nursing shortage. “Together we recognized the increasing demand for nursing within our region, the increasing competition for recruitment of experienced nurses in our environments,” Beliveau told Hospice News.

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Some homebound Vermonters receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Some Vermonters who may have a difficult time traveling to receive a COVID-19 vaccine are having them delivered and administered in their homes.

Two local organizations, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire and Rescue Inc., are teaming up to help deliver doses to eligible homebound adults.

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Antibiotic therapy to be given at home in pilot program

Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center have partnered in a pilot program to deliver home outpatient antibiotic therapy to patients with injection drug use/substance use disorder.

This therapy is not new in health care, but bringing it to a population that is currently using or has a history of substance use disorder is.

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