Stretch and SMART Goal Setting Worksheet Tool

Goal setting for personal, professional, and organizational growth is a proven tactic to help individuals and teams achieve higher performance. Nurse leaders can use this worksheet to help their team or themselves develop a stretch goal combined with a SMART goal. For permission to use or reproduce this tool in …

Preventing and Detecting Drug Diversions: Quick Tips for Success

Roughly 30 percent of the United States’ total drug abuse problem can be linked to prescription drugs, says Angie Szumlinski, LNHA, RN-BC, RAC-CT, BS, director of risk management for HealthCap/QA Reader in Ann Arbor, MI. “Prescription drugs were already a huge problem for many people, including healthcare workers, before the …

Achieving Personal and Professional Goals

It’s the New Year, and that means it’s time to set goals. These are often lofty aspirations to achieve amazing feats, like transforming into a sleek powerhouse of muscle reflecting the epitome of health. However, if history repeats itself, by February, convenient vending machine snacks will have infiltrated the low-sugar …

TIP: New Series on Emotional and Organizational Support for Staff from AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has a new free series on emotional and organizational support for staff. This series includes three modules: Module1: Identifying and Overcoming Anxiety Module 2: Tackling Stress is a Team Effort Module 3: Supporting Each Other in the Quest to Reduce Stress Each …

Get Agency Staff up to Speed on Emergency Preparedness and Safety

F-tag 689 (Free of Accident Hazards/Supervision/Devices) was the second most frequently cited at the immediate jeopardy (IJ) level during fiscal year (FY) 2021, according to the Citation and Frequency Report from QCOR (Quality, Certification, and Oversight Reports) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Providers received significantly more …

Staffing the DNS Role Turnover, Retention, and Development

The purpose of this report is to provide skilled nursing facility (SNF) operators with insights into the factors that may contribute to turnover of directors of nursing services (DNSs), as well as challenges related to recruitment and retention efforts. This knowledge will help organizations formulate tactics to bolster a strategy …

Family Arguments and Grievances: How to Dial down the Tension

Family arguments and grievances can have a negative impact on residents and families if nursing homes don’t employ an organized approach to setting expectations and communicating with families. The following steps can help directors of nursing services (DNSs) focus both staff and families on the need to put the resident …

Showing Staff Appreciation During the Holidays

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us once again. It’s time for holiday traditions such as baking, caroling, and decorating. (For inquiring minds, yes, my Christmas tree went up in early November!) Another important tradition that facility leaders should incorporate is staff appreciation. Although it is important …

5-Minute Learning Modules for Frontline Staff: Emotional and Organizational Support (12/21)

These brief videos offer self-paced learning for those on the front lines of nursing home care. This includes nursing assistants, housekeeping, dietary, and maintenance staff, and others. Emotional and Organizational Support for Staff Series This series of three learning modules features strategies to help nursing home teams recognize and manage …