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We have all heard that the average person needs eight hours of sleep per night, which improves mood, eating, and almost everything else during the light of day. This eight-hour rule includes elders, stresses Linda Shell, DNP, RN, MA, principal of LindaShell.com in Lakeville, Minnesota. Sleep is key to promoting residents’ wellness and best function, especially for residents with behavioral dementia.
The field of long-term care is rapidly and constantly changing, and with it, the role of the director of nursing services (DNS).
This is truer than ever with the recent implementation of the Final Rule (also known as the Mega-Rule), which updated the long-term care facility Conditions of Participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
That is why it’s imperative that DNSs continue to equip themselves with the tools, resources, and education that will help them best adjust to these changes—and lead their staff in adjusting to them as well.
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