April, 2019        

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Tip of the Month
Staff Turnover and Screening  
Program Sustainability   

Spring is often a good time for staff members involved in hearing screening to sit down together to assess program quality indicators, and to discuss related issues. As a part of that, a written outline of which staff members are responsible for each aspect of screening, and a plan for how other individuals could be trained to fill these roles, should be reviewed and revised.  
Turnover is  a reality in early c are and education programs, and can occur unexpectedly. A little advance planning can help new staff  members to seamlessly assume screening res ponsib ilities, while minimizing disruption of services to children. Failu re to plan for staff transition can result in a multitude of frustrations, wasted time "recreating the wheel," and a decline in program quality.   
Here are some quick ideas of how to keep turnover from becoming turbulent:
  • Label hearing screening equipment and document related elements of equipment use. Don't assume that a na├»ve staff person will know what the equipment is for. Clearly label it as "Hearing Screening Equipment" (Otoacoustic Emissions or Pure Tone). Include contact information for the vendor, when the equipment was most recently calibrated and when it will need it again. (Spring is often a a good time of the year to have this done because most screenings have been completed.)  If the equipment is shared by several screeners, outline how that process is managed, so that the equipment is available when needed, how disposable supplies are ordered and kept available, etc.
  • Outline the tasks associated with hearing screening and who completes them. Think carefully about all of the activities carried out, such as communicating with parents and teachers, conducting the screening, adding outcome data to a tracking system, conducting follow-up screening as indicated by the protocol, helping parents to make and keep appointments with health care providers or audiologists, and then finding out the evaluation results so they are added to the child's record.
  • Recap how screener training is carried out and the resources used to do that. That might include relevant website links to ECHO training modules and tools, contact information for a local audiologist or skilled screener who can help with hands-on training, along with a copy of the screening protocol and the timeline that screeners are expected to follow.
  • Summarize program quality indicators. Describe typical initial pass/refer rates and what steps are taken to improve screener capacity if pass rates drop below an acceptable level. Describe the process used to ensure that no children "fall through the cracks"
    after the initial screening.
When you've completed this process, create a copy for each member of the team and an additional printed copy that is stored with the equipment. This increases the likelihood that the individuals who are most likely to need the information in order to sustain program efforts. . . can find it!
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