Hospice Nurse, Care Aide Productivity Rises in 2015

The productivity of licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs) and home care aides (HCAs) in hospice saw a boost in 2015, as measured in actual patient visits per day.

That’s according to the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS), which published the findings in a report created in collaboration with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). NAHC recently posted results on its website.

According to the 2015-2016 Hospice Salary & Benefits Report, the 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% in 2015.

Additionally, the report revealed that 100% of the agencies surveyed offered health insurance.

More than 780 hospices took part in the study, which contains 64 jobs reporting on salaries, bonuses, hourly and per visit rates, and more.

Written by Mary Kate Nelson