The National Association of Long-Term Care Administrators Boards (NAB) describes the Administrator-in-Training Program as “a supervised internship during which the AIT works under the guidance and supervision of a preceptor, who is a licensed administrator meeting the qualifications established for preceptors by their respective states. The internship is a unique phase of education consisting of the supervised practice of long-term care administration in the Nursing Home (NHA), Assisted Living (RCAL), and/or Home and Community Based Services (HCBCS) environment.” ¹
HSM’s Program further builds on NAB’s framework to ensure that newly minted Administrators are fully equipped to deal with the many challenges that this field presents. HSM believes that the AIT Program must be fully immersive, and candidates should be prepared to personally take on every potential task in each department that may eventually be asked of your own employees. Yes, this includes everything from waxing floors and washing dishes to participating in employee terminations and periodic reports to the facility Board of Directors.
Success in this Program will require dedication and continued development of acute critical thinking skills. A keen attention to detail is a must with any professional position and will be especially crucial for an effective Long-Term Care Administrator. The reward is a fulfilling career ensuring quality of life and excellent care for our most vulnerable.