Am I Ready to Take the Resident Assessment Coordinator – Certified (RAC-CT™) Certification?

If you’ve been a nurse assessment coordinator for some time now, you may be asking yourself, “Am I ready to take the RAC-CT certification?” To help answer that question, the experts at the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) put together a list of questions for you to evaluate …

How Do I Know If I’m Ready for the Director of Nursing Services – Certified (DNS-CT) Certification?

Nursing certification is a valuable asset to improve your career and your facility’s performance. Are you a director of nursing services (DNS) ready to take your skills and knowledge to the next level with the Directors of Nursing Services—Certified (DNS-CT) certification? To help answer that question, the experts at the …

Nurse Leaders, You Make a Noticeable Difference

Nurse leaders are essential to any long-term and post-acute care facility. These nurses fearlessly take responsibility for the success of their team and for quality resident care delivery. They spearhead the nursing department, overcoming obstacles and accepting challenges daily—whether it’s deciphering new regulations, dealing with difficult situations, problem solving for …

Celebrating Nursing and Healthcare Excellence

National Nurses Week begins next Friday, May 6. Throughout the week, the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) will celebrate nurses and other healthcare professionals working in long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC). In today’s Leading in Care Blog, meet three outstanding LTPAC leaders, the winners of the AAPACN 2022 …

How Comfort Theory Can Help Ease Burnout and Improve Well-Being in Nursing Home Staff

By Faith Carini-Graves, Director of Skill Development, MDS Consultants The problem: What does an MDS coordinator, DON, CNA, therapist, nursing home administrator, RN, LPN, activities professional, social worker, and dietitian all have in common? They are all exhausted! All long-term and post-acute care staff can benefit from improved self-care. Better …

Two Books to Consider Reading for Any Healthcare Professional in Long-Term Care

The holiday season is here, and the cooler weather makes it a great time to curl up with a good book. If you are a director of nursing services (DNS), nurse assessment coordinator (NAC), or part of the interdisciplinary team (IDT) in a long-term care facility, the following two books …

Involve the Therapy Team to Address Changes in Condition and Improve Resident Outcomes in Nursing Homes

By Liz Barlow, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, AVP Clinical Innovation, Synchrony Rehab At the end of August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a National Provider Stakeholder call to review some of the recent COVID updates. CMS commented that data collected, along with nursing home surveys, are …