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Top 10 Nurse Leader Blogs of 2017

In 2017, the Nurse Leader Blog provided you with tips for success, advice for preparing for new regulations, inspiring member-written stories, and much more. As we move into 2018, let’s take a look at the most popular posts on the Nurse Leader Blog from 2017 and reflect on all that we’ve learned and accomplished last year. 

1.       8 Tips to Becoming a Successful Director of Nursing (Part 1)

In this blog, new DONs learned four of eight tips to help them become successful as they started out on their journeys in their new careers.


2.       8 Tips to Becoming a Successful Director of Nursing (Part 2)

In part two of this blog series, new DONs learned the final four tips to boosting their new career and becoming a successful director of nursing.


3.       Prepare Your Facility for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program – Part 1

The Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP) was a new regulation that came into effect with Phase 2 of the Mega Rule on Nov. 28, 2017. This new regulation involved major changes to your process and several new duties for your staff. This blog covered a few ways to get started in your preparation.


4.       LTC Nursing is Honoring Our Elders’ Rights, Dignity, and Choices

Juzell Pettis, RN, DNS-CT, WCC, DWC, an AADNS member, wrote about her career path in choosing long-term care, her life-changing experiences in working with residents to improve their quality of care and learn about their lives, and how she fights every day to assure the rights, dignity, and choices of our elders and disabled are honored.


5.       4 Goals You Can Accomplish by Attending a Nurse Leadership Conference

This blog highlighted how the AADNS Conference provides focused education in one place, networking opportunities with nurse leaders like you, and the chance to learn best practices to achieve your goals as a nurse leader. You found out why this nurse leadership conference was the best event for you to attend in 2017 – and we hope you agreed that it was!


6.       The Millennial Generation & Leadership

Meagan Johnson, Generational Expert, Speaker, and Author, discussed the struggle between multiple generations in the workplace, and how managers can appeal to and better lead Millennials.


7.       Leading the Way to Reducing Medications Using Essential Oils

This blog covered some of the ways DONs have integrated essential oils to help reduce medication use and offered some tips to get you started with your own plan.


8.       Prepare Your Facility for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program – Part 2

In part two of this blog series, you learned about how to start looking at what the right workflow would be for your team’s antibiotic stewardship program, why you should possibly utilize an antibiogram for your facility to make the best decisions on how to apply antibiotics, and you were given some toolkits to help you create a successful program.


9.       Long-Term Care Provides Our Elders with a Purpose

AADNS member, Julie Britton, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, FGNLA, shared her story of how she progressed through her career from an LPN to the corporate vice president of clinical operations, as well as her optimistic views on long-term care today and the purpose and important care LTC professionals provide to residents and patients every day.


10.   New Foundation for LTC Nursing Education and Research

The American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN), the parent organization of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) announced the establishment of the Long-Term Care Nursing Education Foundation.


Happy New Year!

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