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 …

Center for Medicare Advocacy Offers Nursing Home COVID-19 Lessons Learned and Policy Recommendations (2/21)

The Center for Medicare Advocacy released a new report – Geography Is Not Destiny: Protecting Nursing Home Residents from the Next Pandemic – which explores facilities’ responses to the coronavirus crisis and examines how residents’ deaths were not “inevitable”, as some have claimed. The report contends that COVID-19 exploited and exacerbated long-standing …

How to Thrive as a New Director of Nursing Services

Accepting a new position as the director of nursing services (DNS) often begins with excitement for the new challenges and many opportunities to make a positive difference. However, in the first few days and weeks, the feeling of elation may be replaced with confusion, frustration, and a general sense of …

Effective Communication: Get the Nursing Team on the Right Track

Effective Communication: Get the Nursing Team on the Right Track Establishing strong, open communication in the nursing department has always been a challenge, says Suzy Harvey, RN-BC, RAC-CT, director of clinical specialty services for Foster Senior Living in Springfield, MO. “In just the daily hubbub of a nursing home, the …

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Retention Tip Sheet Tool

Leadership significantly affects CNA retention. To improve your facility’s CNA retention, as a leader, use the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Retention Tip Sheet that outlines the five leadership principles and 10 actions to help leaders cultivate better relationships with CNAs and retain these critical staff members. For permission to use …

Q&A: Our nurses complete a respiratory therapy assessment on all new admissions for the first seven days. Can we count these minutes on the MDS?

Question: Our nurses complete a respiratory therapy assessment on all new admissions for the first seven days. The RAI User’s Manual states that only minutes the respiratory therapist or respiratory nurse spend with the resident shall be recorded. Should we be counting these minutes and coding on the MDS? Answer: …