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Wellness

Wellness for LTPAC Professionals

Take Charge of Your Well-Being and Wellness!

It comes as no surprise that the work you do as a post-acute care professionals can impact your health and well-being in many ways. There are steps you can take to improve your health and well-being. AAPACN can provide resources, tools, and community connections to help you take action to reverse burnout and promote wellness for LTPAC professionals.

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY CHALLENGE!   We challenge you to introduce healthy living habits and initiatives that you can incorporate into your lives.  Each week during the Wellness Wednesday Challenge, introduce a new wellness practice —  a small action you can take each day to improve your life. Try it out for a week. Keep the practices you like and leave the ones you don’t!  

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AAPACN Wellness Resources

The Art of Delegation for the Director of Nursing Services: Safe Practices and Strategies to Overcome Common Challenges

The role of the director of nursing services (DNS) in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) can be stressful due to the number of competing priorities in each day. Delegation, when done properly, can help relieve some stressors while ensuring tasks are completed. Read Blog

CDC: Health Workers Report Harassment, Symptoms of Poor Mental Health, and Difficult Working Conditions

Health worker burnout was at crisis levels prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Vital Signs issue reports that the pandemic presented unique challenges that may have further impaired health worker mental health and increased health workers’ intent to leave their jobs. Read Article

Achieving Strong Resident Quality of Life Starts With Better Staff Management

“When you are running from fire to fire, it may seem like you don’t have enough time to implement the practices associated with culture change,” says McLaughlin. “However, culture change can increase your staff’s efficiency. The better that staff know and support the resident, the less time that is wasted on, for example, care plan interventions that don’t align with the resident’s goals, preferences, or unmet needs.” Read Article

How to Lead the Team When Everyone is Tired

With a long-lasting pandemic, staff shortages, increased federal reporting requirements, and survey changes in 2022, and new MDS changes in the year to come, one thing is certain—everyone is tired. This article will share tips on how the DNS can keep going, overcome fatigue, and lead the team forward in the new year. Read Article

AHRQ COVID-19 Resources Target Infection Prevention and Emotional Well-Being for Both Staff and Residents

Three new online resources from AHRQ are available to help nursing homes adopt best practices aimed at controlling and preventing infection and improving the emotional well-being of staff and residents.

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. This blog will offer NACs working in long-term care tips to help offset the cognitive load of their jobs so they can steadily navigate their position without feeling overwhelmed. Read Blog

Burnout: How Can Nurse Leadership Help?

Nurse leaders are acutely aware that nurses who suffer from burnout are more likely to make errors in patient care, have more accidents on the job, and suffer from depression. Leaders worrying about burnout amongst their staff are asking, “What can I do to help?” This blog post offers real-world strategies to help leaders during staffing shortages as burnout reaches epidemic proportions. Read Blog

Work-Life Balance for the Director of Nursing Services

The vital role of DNS in skilled nursing facilities comes with so many demands. Because of the responsibility the job requires, work-life balance often seems unattainable. However, every leader deserves a break to recharge and reenergize, so they can be their best selves and lead their teams most effectively. This article will provide tips on how to increase the balance that every DNS needs. Read Article

How Comfort Theory Can Help Ease Burnout and Improve Well-Being in Nursing Home Staff

All long-term and post-acute care staff can benefit from improved self-care. Better self-care is needed to recharge and re-energize. Throughout the pandemic, increased worry and strain has contributed to higher rates of staff burnout and turnover in skilled nursing facilities. Without healthy habits, there is no way of resolving this tension. Learn how to promote well-being and happiness in staff. Read Blog

Turnover and Retention of the Director of Nursing Services (DNS) Position

Turnover and Retention of the Director of Nursing Services (DNS) Position
Retaining the DNS requires a multifaceted approach that fosters a healthy work-life balance, acknowledges their value as the clinical nurse leader, reinforces a supportive relationship with the nursing home administrator, and provides the resources necessary to meet the expectations and responsibilities of the job. Read Article

Self-Care for Peak Performance – Nursing In-service Education

Participants will learn to discuss why self-care is important for staff who work in post-acute care, describe three attributes for caring staff, describe recommended servings from each of the major food groups, list at least five benefits of physical activity, discuss the process for self-assessing how well basic needs are met, and describe at least three strategies that can be used to facilitate self-appraisal. Access Tool

How to Take a Vacation When You’re the NAC

With staffing shortages and specific, regulation-mandated job duties, nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) today may feel that taking time for vacation just isn’t possible. Read this article for some strategies NACs can use to achieve time off and have a stress-free vacation away from work. Read Article

Reset Your Nurse Leadership Skills and Abilities

Have you ever stopped to ask, “How did life amidst a pandemic affect my ability to be a good nurse leader in post-acute care or any healthcare setting?” It’s very possible that the stress of the pandemic impacted how you approached your work. Read Blog

The Road to Recovery

It’s important to remember that stressful times require periods of recovery. Now, more than ever before, LTC staff need to be able to decompress and de-stress. Nurse leaders can help staff by building a roadmap to recovery. Read Blog

What Can The Great Depression Teach us About Resiliency

There have been days where my “caring well” has completely run dry, and there is nothing left over for me. I’m quite sure many of you have been in the same situation; probably a lot more than usual this year. However, we need to find a way to overcome this emotional drought so that we can provide the best care for our residents and each other. Read Blog

6 Things DONs Can Do to Help Their Nurse Assessment Coordinator Thrive

 To help ease the burden and ensure more accurate coding and reimbursement from your NAC, the DON should consider these six things to help your nurse assessment coordinator. Read Blog

Mental Health Tips for Long-Term Care Professionals

Nurses may be feeling stressed, tired, overwhelmed, or depressed by the hard decisions they must make every day and the situations they observe. To help long-term care nurses during this difficult time, AAPACN offers the following mental health tips that nurses can implement today. Read Blog

A Renewal of Faith and Moment of Calm

In this blog, AAPACN member Julie Helling, BSN, RN, tells of a moment where a hospice resident renewed her faith and restored her calm amid stress and difficult times. Read Blog

Overcoming Burnout and Compassion Fatigue with Self-Care

Take a look at some situations that can lead to burnout and compassion fatigue, what symptoms you need to recognize to know that you are experiencing these two debilitating stress-related conditions, and ways that you can practice self-care, which not only attributes to better care for yourself, but also can help you provide better care for your residents and your fellow nurses. Read Blog

AAPACN Tool: Leadership Tips to Support Employees During a Crisis

Staff are more overwhelmed than ever, resources are scarce, and typical routines have been disrupted. The tips and resources below will assist the nurse leader to formulate a response that supports staff during a time of crisis. Access Tool

Engaging Residents and Overcoming Loneliness during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

There is a lot happening in their environment that is unfamiliar, and nurse leaders have the difficult job of ensuring residents’ physical safety while also addressing the importance of combating resident loneliness. Here are some insights, resources, and ideas that nurse leaders can utilize to improve person-centered care and resident well-being. Read Article

Other Resources

ASPR TRACIE Disaster Behavioral Health Self Care for Healthcare Workers Modules

ASPR TRACIE coordinated the development of these resources to assist with issues related to disaster behavioral health (DBH), provider self-care, suicide prevention, and compassion fatigue. These modules are designed for healthcare workers in all settings.

National Academy of Medicine: Resources to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During COVID-19 Outbreak

National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience has compiled a number of resources to offer more information on how to support the health and well-being of clinicians providing health care during the COVID-19 outbreak.

AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: CARING FOR OUR CAREGIVERS DURING COVID-19

Access the AMA website for a variety of wellness information and resources to support physicians and healthcare personnel.

Staff Wellness Resources