Educational Planning Starts—but Doesn’t Stop—With the Facility Assessment

Using the facility assessment to create an educational planning table seems pretty simple, but effective educational planning requires a more comprehensive, ongoing approach that addresses both competencies and global training needs identified from multiple sources. Keys to creating a solid educational planning process that begins but doesn’t end with the …

CMS Memos QSO-22-17-ALL and QSO-22-18-ALL: Surveys for Compliance With COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Requirements, plus Surveyor Vaccination Requirements (6/22)

Memo # QSO-22-17-ALL Surveys for compliance with Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care StaffVaccination Requirements Posting Date 2022-06-14 Fiscal Year 2022 Summary • Survey oversight of the staff vaccination requirement for Medicare and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers will continue to be performed during initial and recertification surveys, but will now only be …

Learning Timeline for AAPACN Education and Resources

Are you considering advancing your career and looking to gain knowledge to be successful in your next role? Or are you already in the position you love but looking to improve your knowledge for additional success? The new Learning Timeline for AAPACN Education and Resources outlines AAPACN’s education programs and …

Work-Life Balance for the Director of Nursing Services

The vital role of director of nursing services (DNS) in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) comes with so many demands. DNSs are often—or always—on call for questions regarding changes in resident conditions; they often fill in for staff who called off; and they put out fires when emergencies arise. Just when …

AHRQ Learning Module for Supporting Nursing Home Residents’ Emotional Health (5/22)

AHRQ has released a new module to help frontline nursing home staff support their residents’ emotional health. The video module is designed to be self-paced and provides guidance on how staff can identify signs of depression in their residents and better support their emotional needs. It also provides ideas on …

Becoming a Fiscally Savvy DNS – Part 2: Budget, Revenue, and Five-Star Ratings

When one considers financial management, thoughts usually go to managing expenses first, which part one of this series discussed. However, managing revenue, Five-Star ratings, and the budgeting process are equally important to keeping the nursing department and the facility as a whole financially sound. The second part of this article series will …

AHRQ 5-Minute Learning Modules for Frontline Staff: Staff Support, Resident Support, Leadership, Post-Vaccination Practice, COVID-19 Identification and Prevention, Vaccination and Testing (5/22)

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 …

NETEC Podcast and Resources: Staff Resiliency in Long Term Care (5/22)

Dr. Natalie Manley, assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, joins NETEC’s Dr. Vanessa Raabe to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on staff resiliency in long-term care settings. What challenges have long-term care staff and facilities faced …