The particular vulnerability of elderly people to the coronavirus has raised concerns not only for the residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, but also for the workers that come into direct contact with patients such as certified nursing assistants (CNAs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered nurses (RNs).
Interviews & Expert Perspectives
These interviews and expert-written features offer a look into the healthcare industry from those who know it best: professors, practicing healthcare administrators, advocates, and leaders in professional associations.
The leadership of most healthcare systems and healthcare facilities does not adequately represent the communities those facilities serve. Women of color represent 18 percent of the US population, but less than 4 percent of C-level positions across all industries.
“No matter what scenario might play out—if we ever had a single payer system, or whether the ACA gets advanced further through a stronger public option, or even if it's more of the status quo—we're still going to need healthcare administrators,” Malte says. “They are still going to play a significant and transformative role.”
With growth comes change, and few fields have undergone more change than healthcare. To lead in this industry requires a broad set of skills, and the agility to refine those skills to match innovations in technologies, policies, and processes. But even leaders don’t work alone.
An estimated 1.8 million scientific articles are published every year. Some of those contain research findings that could be applicable and beneficial to healthcare systems and healthcare facilities across the nation. But how do those findings get discovered by, adapted to, and implemented in the facilities that could benefit from them most?
Among the numerous political issues, research shows the majority of Americans agree that affordable access to healthcare coverage is a top priority. In fact, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Institute in 2018 shows that 60 percent of Americans believe it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure healthcare coverage for all.
While healthcare is an undoubtedly female-dominated industry, women are not being represented proportionally on healthcare companies' executive teams—not by a longshot. According to a report from Oliver Wyman, women make up only one-third of senior leaders at healthcare companies and only 13 percent of the industry’s CEOs. In fact, not a single woman holds the role of CEO of a Fortune 500 healthcare company.
Taking proactive steps to address individual and institutional shortcomings, gender equity in healthcare leadership can be achieved and can provide economic and social health benefits for everyone in the United States.
In many industries, including long-term care facilities, one is elevated to the C-suite not only through networking and negotiation but also through simply outlasting colleagues. As a result, many of the current demographics in leadership are reflective of a decades-old system and its inherent imbalances.