Nationwide, Only 723 Nursing Homes Have Met 75% Staff Vaccination Goal

COVID-19 Vaccination As part of CMS’ commitment to protecting nursing home residents, nursing homes are now required to report vaccinations of residents and staff.  More information about these requirements and guidelines can be found here. High staff vaccination rates are critical to keeping rates of COVID-19 cases low. In fact, nursing homes …

AHRQ Guide for Building COVID-19 Vaccine Trust and Increasing Vaccination Rates Among CNAs (5/21)

Invest in Trust: A Guide for Building COVID-19 Vaccine Trust Among Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) is designed to help nursing home leaders build COVID-19 vaccine confidence among CNAs and overcome barriers to vaccination by applying insights from social, behavioral and cognitive science.  The guide sheds light on CNAs’ reasons for not …

Cultural Competence Resources (5/21)

Disparities & Culturally Competent Care: Fostering Cultural Competence This section includes a collection of assessment tools, educational and learning materials, research articles and resources that are curated to help medical professionals and institutions provide culturally competent care and reduce health disparities. https://www.idsociety.org/covid-19-real-time-learning-network/Disparities-culturally-competent-care/ The Cultural Awareness Video Series: From Action to Change offers …

Reduce Turnover and Increase Staff Retention with Employee First Culture

“Across the country, the high rate of turnover in long-term care is a serious workforce problem,” says Dr. Linda Shell, DNP, MA, BSN, DNS-CT, Chief Learning Officer, LindaShell.com. “The cost associated with this turnover—the organizational bottom line, the quality of services for residents, and the cost to consumers—is of greater …

Using Observational Audits to Assess Staff Skills to Prevent COVID-19 Infection: AHRQ ECHO Tools (4/21)

Two new resources from AHRQ are part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect nursing home residents and staff from COVID-19. Both are intended to support the use of observational audits, which help facilities understand if staff members are fully complying with infection prevention practices: ·  Competency Check vs. Observational …

Interventions to Promote Staff Recovery After Experiencing the COVID-19 Pandemic

“Heroes work here.” It was a common theme in the early days of the pandemic. Signs were placed in front of the facility, and people would cheer and line the streets as healthcare personnel went to work. Staff felt that they were providing quality care to the most vulnerable population, …

AAPACN Onboarding Essentials: Welcoming Staff to Promote Retention Tool

Retaining a talented workforce is a top priority; to achieve this goal, leaders must create a welcoming onboarding experience. This toolkit presents education for department managers and administration as well as tools leaders can use to facilitate onboarding.   For permission to use or reproduce this tool in full or …

10-Week Nurse Assessment Coordinator Orientation Guide Tool

Orientation for a new nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) is a very complex and long process. It is important to establish a realistic schedule that will allow for effective learning but will not be overwhelming. AAPACN’s new 10-Week NAC Orientation Guide will help pace the orientation process and set the foundation …

Why Nurses Eat Their Young and How to Stop This Damaging Practice

There is a phenomenon of hostility among nurses and certified nursing assistants (CNAs), commonly referred to as “nurses eating their young.” This incivility is pervasive, often seen as a rite of passage, and directed at both peers and those at different levels in the organization. Those who demonstrate this hostility …