AAPACN Conference Session Sneak Peek: 5-ish Things That Make an MDS Nurse Lose Their Hair

The AAPACN 2021 Conference will be held virtually April 14-15, and 21-22. The conference is an excellent time to refresh, refocus, and renew your enthusiasm and dedication for your nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) role and post-acute care. You’ll come away with new ideas and solutions, and a revitalized outlook. Scott …

COVID-19 Vaccines: Healthcare Workers and Nursing Home Residents Were First, but It’s Complicated

by Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA When the COVID-19 vaccines were first rolled out earlier this year, it was a joyful surprise that healthcare workers, SNF staff, and nursing home residents were put first on the list. For many, it was exciting to hear, “YOU are first!” …

Five Ways to Be a DON Who SNF Staff Want to Follow

by Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer As the nursing department leader in long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC), the director of nursing services (DNS) needs a hefty toolbox of clinical skills. However, leadership skills are also critical in building an effective team that practices open communication. Here are five ways that the …

Nursing Professionals – 5 Tips for Moving Forward When You Lose Your Job

By Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA You arrive at your long-term or post-acute care facility and find you’ve been summoned by the administrator to meet in his/her office. Once you get to the door, you see the human resource director present, too. You’re wondering, what is this …

The Road to Recovery

by Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA We are finally nearing the end of 2020. For most, the end offers up hope for a new year and new beginnings. When I reflect on this past year, I can’t help but think about the nursing home residents, staff, family …

Balancing Safety and Resident Choice in Nursing Home Visitation

Prior to COVID-19, much progress had been made to ensure the autonomy of the individual resident was honored. A national movement on person-centered care was created to ensure that the voice of the frail elderly was heard, and that their rights to continue living life to the fullest extent possible …

What Can The Great Depression Teach Us About Resiliency?

By Julie Helling, BSN, RN, RAC-CT Everyone has been adversely affected by the events of this year, but none more so than the long-term care residents. We have seen a dramatic decline in resident cognition, increased agitation, and a rise in depression. Our residents are missing their families and friends. …

4 Reasons Men Should Consider a Career in Nursing (And Where to Start)

by Julia Merrill Historically, the majority of the nursing workforce has always been female. However, the number of male nurses is steadily increasing. Today, 11.4 percent of students in BSN programs identify as male – and great pay and a rewarding career are two of their motivations. With help from …