AANAC and AADNS – Mental Health Tips for Long-Term Care Professionals

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and AAPACN recognizes the struggles long-term care professionals are facing right now to keep their mental health balanced during to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses may be feeling stressed, tired, overwhelmed, or depressed by the hard decisions they must make every day and the situations …

LTC Facility COVID-19 Data Reporting and Nursing Home Compare Updates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) continue to provide guidance to SNFs regarding the NHSN Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) COVID-19 Module. All SNF facilities are currently required to submit weekly reports on COVID-19 data. Key Points for LTC Facilities: Not later …

AAPACN Education Foundation 2020 Scholarship Recipients

This Nurse’s Week, we honor four rising stars in long-term and post-acute care. The AAPACN Education Foundation positively impacts the lives of 1.4 million people living in nursing homes by providing scholarships for nurses seeking their RN license and degrees in nursing. In 2020, the AAPACN Education Foundation awarded more …

AAPACN 2020 Innovation Award – Tammy Kelly and Carrie Tidd, Commonwealth Care of Roanoke

The blog post is the last in our series honoring the AAPACN 2020 Award Winners. We look forward to celebrating with these winners and the 2021 winners next year at the AAPACN 2021 Conference in St. Louis. 2020 Innovation Award WinnersTammy Kelly, PT, LNHA, RAC-CT, RAC-CTA, and Carrie Tidd, RN, …

AAPACN 2020 Inspiration Award – Jacqueline Jenkins, RN, Good Samaritan Society

One of the highlights of the AAPACN annual conference each year is the recognition of the year’s award winners. With the 2020 conference now planned as a virtual conference in June, AAPACN will feature the 2020 winners in this blog series every week in April. Please join AAPACN in congratulating …

AAPACN 2020 Integrity Award Winner – Braylee Wynn, Presbyterian Manor

One of the highlights of the AAPACN annual conference each year is the recognition of the year’s award winners. With the 2020 conference now planned as a virtual conference in June, AAPACN will feature the 2020 winners in this blog series every week in April. Please join AAPACN in congratulating …

AAPACN 2020 Influential Award Winner – Tracey Robinson, Sholom

One of the highlights of the AAPACN annual conference each year is the recognition of the year’s award winners. With the 2020 conference now planned as a virtual conference in June, AAPACN will feature the 2020 winners in this blog series every week in April. Please join AAPACN in congratulating …

Coronavirus and How to Protect Your Residents and Staff: Essential Resources for LTPAC

The United States is currently experiencing an outbreak of a novel coronavirus (officially named COVID-19, aka 2019-nCoV), a respiratory disease that was first seen in Wuhan City, China. Healthcare workers are at a higher risk for exposure due to the nature of their work in close contact with patients and …

AADNS – 3 Tools for the New Director of Nursing’s Toolbox – Part 1

Being the director of nursing (DON) is challenging, and anyone in the role will surely agree. Having a DON title comes with great rewards and requires lots of skills. I tell new DONs it’s all about having the right tools in your toolbox. Like a mechanic, when you have the …

AADNS – 3 Tools for the New Director of Nursing’s Toolbox – Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog series, I talked about how your team communicates with you and how you can set expectations for that communication. In this post, I am going to touch on how you can deal with uncompassionate and abusive employees. Addressing Adverse Staff Within my first few months …