Day 1 – April 14

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

*All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time. Conference schedule is subject to change.

Self-Care Lounge – 9:30 – 10 am ET

Keep Calm and Karate On: Movements to Calm, Relax, and ReFRESH!

Jeffrey Wall

Sixteen-year-old black belt Jeffrey Wall travels to nursing homes and senior living facilities to teach martial arts and breathing techniques to seniors, providing them with companionship, care, and exercise. When COVID-19 shut down onsite visits, Jeffrey created a YouTube channel to keep his students engaged and now offers virtual martial arts classes. Start the first day of the conference with this refreshing session as Jeffrey leads us through easy stretches, movements, and breathing exercises to help us let go of stress and get excited for the conference!

Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall – 10 – 11 am ET     

Jump-start your networking with the best-in-class post-acute care product and service providers. The new and enhanced conference platform will allow you to engage and interact with exhibitors and sponsors in a virtual meeting environment. Schedule a video meeting with exhibitors, interact with product demos, access white papers and marketing collateral, and more. Plus you will have a chance to win prizes.

ReFRESH: Welcome, Support, and Laughter – 11 am – 12:30 pm ET       

Join AAPACN for welcoming remarks and a dose of humor to kick off the 2021 Annual Conference. This session will offer a warm welcome and brief conference overview from AAPACN Board Chair Jillene Snow. Attendees will also hear from Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Director at AARP, to convey appreciation and support for your dedication throughout the challenges of the past year. Finally, we’ll have laughter and fun with comedian Judy Carter to really get things started.

Judy Carter, International Healthcare Humorist and Author

Have you ever noticed that joking about a problem can make it more manageable? That’s why during this stressful time caused by the pandemic, laughter should be considered an essential business. Our mental health depends on it. The virus may take away our sense of smell and taste — but it can’t take away our sense of humor, which can help us cope. Studies show that laughter alleviates stress, boosts your immune system, resolves conflict, and just feels good. International Healthcare Humorist, Judy Carter, will help kick off the AAPACN 2021 Conference by showing us that our life is a joke and that’s the good news. In this interactive laugh-while-you-learns session, Judy will share the insider secrets of comedy to help you learn how to turn problems into punch lines and laugh your way out of stress.

Judy Carter, International Healthcare Humorist and Author

Plenary ReCAP12:35 – 12:55 pm ET

Join us after the Plenary Session to continue the conversation, share your thoughts and feedback, and engage with your peers in a more intimate setting to exchange ideas and best practices.

Breakout Sessions1 – 2:15 pm ET

1.1 *NAC/DNS* Dynamic Duo or Dissonance: The Relationship Between the DNS and NAC

Melanie Tribe-Scott, BSN, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP, and Linda J. Winston, RN, MSN, BS, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-CT, both of MDS Consultants

The possibilities are endless for the DNS and the MDS coordinator that work well together. In today’s post-acute care setting, the director of nursing services (DNS) and the minimum data set (MDS) coordinator need to collaborate to maximize the approach to resident directed person-centered care, quality measure improvement, meeting regulatory compliance, and reimbursement. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Recognize barriers and benefits to effective collaboration between the DNS and the MDS coordinator
  • Review regulatory roles, responsibilities, and reporting
  • Explore a tool that may be useful in quantifying MDS staffing
  • Identify five strategies to assist the collaboration between the DNS and the MDS coordinator
1.2 *NAC* Top 5-ish Things That Make MDS Nurses Lose Their Hair

Scott Heichel, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA, DNS-CT, IPCO, QCP, ICC, LeaderStat, AAPACN Board Member

Do you live for banging your head against the wall or pulling your hair out? Then you are in the right profession as an MDS nurse. At times, it may feel like Groundhog Day in your facility or that you are out on an island and no one understands what you do, how you do it, or how to help you. In this session, we will review some common frustrations shared by your fellow MDS colleagues and tips on how to minimize the impact to accurate MDSs, reimbursement, Quality Measures, and care planning. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Assist your facility in developing supportive and accurate nursing documentation
  • Cultivate care plan engagement of staff members
  • Utilize strategies to overcome conflicting documentation in ADLs, skin, and more
  • Strengthen the IDT approach to Quality Measures
1.3 *DNS* SIMply Competent

Linda Shubert, MSN, RN, Healthcare Academy

Caring for the older adult in the post-acute care setting requires competency across all departments and disciplines as the ability to address the increased complexity and acuity of health concerns unique to this population is demanded by multiple stakeholders. Educators in this setting face the unique challenge of ensuring competency through learning and evaluation in the face of budgetary and regulatory constraints, in addition to increased resident acuity. Competency-based learning and evaluation using strategies such as simulation is an effective way to develop staff proficiency. In this session, you will explore creative ways to use simulation to meet new competency requirements. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Recognize three challenges when evaluating competency in the post-acute setting
  • Understand the value of competency-based evaluations
  • Utilize two competency-based evaluation activities to promote learning and support decision making
  • Identify key competencies that can be evaluated through simulation
1.4  *AAPACN* Structuring Discharge Planning Through a Centralized Case Management Interdisciplinary Approach

Karine Shnorhokian, MSN, RN, CareOne LLC

Approximately 22%-25% of all SNF patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30-days due to poor discharge planning and communication.  With the growing complexity of caring for patients with chronic conditions and social determinants, discharge planning oversite and standardization within our organization led to the formation of a centralized interdisciplinary case management team. The team’s purpose is to establish a cohesive process of discussion, communication, review, and support for front line staff to ensure real-time communication and strengthening the process. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Educate and support standards on interdisciplinary case management and discharge planning
  • Implement a centralized case management process within your organization to structure care needs
  • Recognize the need of identifying high-risk patients and how to manage these challenges

Roundtable Discussions2:30 – 3:30 pm ET

Join a 60-minute roundtable discussion focusing on a hot topic or challenge facing the post-acute care industry today. This virtual discussion group will allow you to engage with a subject-matter expert in a face-to-face virtual meeting setting. Each table can accommodate one host and six attendees, providing you an intimate and productive forum for discussion.

New Member and First-Timer Meet and Greet 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET

Are you a new AANAC or AADNS member or a first-time attendee to the AAPACN conference? Then be sure to drop into this fun, interactive networking social to meet other members, board members, and master teachers.

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