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September 16, 2011

UW-Eau Claire HCAD faculty participate on national research project

NABA nation-wide research team, which includes University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire health care administration faculty members Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, PhD and Doug Olson, PhD, has received a $9,600 grant from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) to study academic and professional standards for nursing home administrators.

Olson and Johs-Artisensi also are the director and associate director of the UW-Eau Claire Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence (CHAASE).

According to Olson, the timing couldn’t be better for this research, which aligns the efforts of CHAASE with the interests of NAB and the objectives of national organizations.

The study will explore links between education and training practices, especially those related to the level of education and the practicum or administrator-in-training field requirement, with the scores on the NAB examination. A second phase of the project will incorporate information from all 50 states in the research data set, and further consider outcomes. 

Current state requirements for education and training are varied and little is currently known regarding which model best prepares individuals for a career in health care administration, said Johs-Artisensi. “The results can be used by colleges and universities to develop higher quality education and training programs,” she continued.

Olson also believes the study may foster a national dialogue focusing on how to better and more uniformly prepare administrators. “This discussion will ultimately result in stronger administrative candidates to lead the senior care organizations taking care of the deserving elders of our country,” he continued.

The research team plans to report their progress and results to the NAB Foundation at its fall 2011 and June 2012 meetings.

Other members of the research team include Robert Burke, PhD, Department of Health Management and Policy, George Washington University; Nicholas Castle, Ph.D., Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Pittsburgh; and Steve Chies, MHA, Benedictine Health System, who also serves as an adjunct faculty member at St. Joseph’s College of Maine.

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