After a painful odyssey of more than 20 months, the one thing all Americans can agree on is that the CORONAVIRUS-19 pandemic has disrupted every facet of life. Everything from the global supply chain to the educational system have been forced to adapt.
In some cases, changes wrought by the pandemic threaten even the licensures of healthcare workers who were suddenly and unexpectedly left unable to obtain their required Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Live CEUs ceased during the first lockdown since most occurred within healthcare facilities. That’s when two providers of CEU instruction—Katie Cochran and Jay Jones—recognized the problem and decided to do something about it.
While working with Home Instead, an at-home senior care company, Cochran and Jones went to work on a plan to provide live CEU coursework via ZOOM. Those courses continue under a new sponsor, CarePatrol.
“CEUs are a vital part of professional life for healthcare workers and social workers, who must meet hourly requirements to remain licensed,” Jones said. “The pandemic made so many straightforward processes difficult and the delivery of CEU instruction was just one of them, but it was one we felt we could help with.”
The Alabama Board of Social Work (ABSW), for example, requires clinicians to obtain 30 hours or units, of continuing education every two years. Ten of the required 30 hours must be live. A minimum of three hours of ethics must be included. But with many senior care communities in lockdown, it suddenly seemed impossible for practitioners to get the CEU instruction they required.
Shawn Barnes of CarePatrol in north and central Alabama said that providing critical CEU programing to providers is consistent with the company’s partnership approach.
“We’ve always felt a sense of partnership with those who are on the clinical frontlines and the pandemic gave us the opportunity to demonstrate that by stepping in to provide CEU instruction,” Barnes said. “Jay Jones has done a phenomenal job and we are pleased that our senior living referral agency could play such a positive role.
“The pandemic has strained a number of professional alliances, but this is one example of where it has also strengthened the ties that bind our firm and those professionals who have had so much to deal with and didn’t need another source of stress in their lives. We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to help them.”
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