Staff Retention: The Power of Purpose and Meaningful Work

When the pandemic pummeled the nursing home workforce, nursing homes lost more jobs than any other healthcare setting. This loss compounded the staffing shortage facilities were already confronting, leaving many facility leaders physically and emotionally exhausted and desperate for solutions to solve this problem. The good news is that all …

Being a Fiscally Savvy DNS

In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN, and Denise Winzeler, BSN, RN, LNHA, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, AAPACN curriculum development specialist, discuss what it takes for the director of nursing services (DNS) to be responsible with the facility finances. …

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Age-Friendly Health Systems: Guide to Care of Older Adults in Nursing Homes (10/22)

The Age-Friendly Health Systems: Guide to Care of Older Adults in Nursing Homes and the Age-Friendly Health Systems: A Workbook for Nursing Home Teams are designed to be used simultaneously to help care teams in SNFs and NFs “prepare for, test, and implement a specific set of evidence-based or evidence-informed …

AHRQ: Just Culture Resources (10/22)

Two journal articles involving just culture: Rooting an error review process in just culture: lessons learned.Neiswender K, Figueroa-Altmann A, Granahan K, et al. Patient Safety. 2022;4(3):34-38. Fatal Solutions: How a Healthcare System Used Tragedy to Transform Itself and Redefine Just Culture.Davies JM, Steinke C, Flemons WW. New York, NY: Productivity Press; 2022. …

HHS ASPE: Nursing Home Staffing and the COVID-19 Pandemic (10/22)

It is well known that in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States much of the devastation was concentrated in nursing homes. In addition to the staggering death toll, isolation and suffering from COVID-19 among nursing home residents, the pandemic introduced new challenges for nursing home …

4 Tips for Surviving the Mental Load of the NAC’s Job

The nurse assessment coordinator’s (NAC’s) job is mentally taxing. There is so much to keep track of—assessment reference dates, when to complete an interim payment assessment, how the case-mix adjusted components impact the Patient-Driven Payment Model and reimbursement, how to code every section of the MDS, when to deliver beneficiary …

Nurse Leader Fundamentals: An Overview

In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN and Denise Winzeler, BSN, RN, LNHA, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, curriculum development specialist for AAPACN, discuss AAPACN’s latest education program for nurse leaders—Nurse Leader Fundamentals.

Burnout: How Can Nurse Leadership Help?

By Melanie Tribe-Scott, BSN, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP                        The U.S. Surgeon General recently issued an advisory highlighting the urgent need to address the health worker burnout crisis across the country (Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, 2022). In a press release, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stated …

10 Tips to Feel More Confident as a New Nurse Assessment Coordinator

Starting out as a new nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) can be overwhelming. There’s so much to keep track of—from ensuring MDS assessments are in place to understanding all the components of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) and their impact on reimbursement, putting together the pieces of the different Quality Measures, …

Time to Review Those 2022 Goals: Will They Be Met?

Long-term care has seen many changes this year; new vaccination regulations, the removal of some COVID-19 waivers, and, of course, ongoing changes related to COVID-19 have all required frequent adaptation. In this context, nurse leaders may have lost track of progress toward the goals they set in January. Some may …