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Recent Press Releases

LTC Nurse Conference to Focus on Leadership and Resilience
May 9, 2018 - Many of the nation’s top long-term care nurse leaders and DONs will attend the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) Annual Conference in National Harbor, MD next month. The Conference runs June 27-29 with preconference workshops on June 25-27.

AADNS Publishes Body of Knowledge for the Role of DONs in Long-Term Care
May 3, 2018 - The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) has released the first edition of AADNS’s Body of Knowledge for the Role of Director of Nursing Services in Long-Term Care (DNS-BOK), a document aimed at defining the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for successful practice as a director of nursing in overseeing nursing care and services in a skilled nursing facility.

AANAC, AADNS CEO Diane Carter to Retire in 2018 
Nov. 20, 2017 - Diane Carter, MSN, RN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, FAAN, founder, president and CEO, of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) has announced her plan to retire from the associations in April 2018, after leading both associations since their inceptions in 1999 and 2016, respectively.

New Foundation for LTC Nursing Education and Research
March 1, 2017 - The American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN), the parent organization of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) announces the establishment of the Long-Term Care Nursing Education Foundation. 

New Nursing Association Launches Today
March 28, 2016 – The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) officially opened for business today with the launch of its website AADNS-LTC.org. “We are very excited about this opportunity to advance post-acute care nursing by fostering innovative nurse leadership,” explains Diane Carter, RN, MSN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, FAAN, president and CEO of AADNS. 

AADNS in the News

2018

Senior care nurses welcome new legislation that addresses violence in the workplace
Nov. 20, 2018 McKnights.com – “Workplace violence is a serious and growing concern for healthcare workers at all professional levels and across care settings,” Moorhead told McKnight’s. “AAPACN would support efforts to establish minimum standards and protections for healthcare and social service providers. Such standards would be ideally incorporated into a facility’s federally required facility assessment and emergency plans.”

Giving thanks for what matters most in the long-term care profession
Nov. 20, 2018 McKnights.co - “The passion that our members have is so evident in how they seek to do their job,” said the head of the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses. “Our members have suffered West Coast fires, East Coast hurricanes and Midwest floods. We are so thankful for their dedication to care for their residents in times of need.”

How to do it…Best technology for professional development
Nov. 2, 2018 McKnights.com - “The true benefit from the technology is that nurses are able to continue their education at a time or day that works best for them,” notes Betsy Hardy, RN, vice president of business development for the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services.

Moorhead chosen as new nursing group head
Sept. 14, 2018 McKnights.com - Healthcare executive Tracey Moorhead is the new president and CEO of the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN), American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS).

 House approves Nursing Workforce Bill
Sept. 5, 2018 McKnights.com - The legislation, which expands nursing education grants to include education programs for clinical nurse leaders and combined registered nurse and graduate degree programs, provides more accessibility to education, said Amy Stewart, BSN, RN, AADNS Curriculum Development Specialist.

'We have to do better' on infection prevention, CMS official tells LTC nurse managers during new survey update 
McKnights.com - That was the message Wednesday afternoon from Evan Schulman, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' deputy director for the Division of Nursing Homes, during a presentation at the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services' annual meeting.

Spelling out the particulars of being a DON
McKnights.com - With an eye toward decreasing turnover, a prominent nursing directors group just released a new document that helps spell out the specifics of becoming a DON.

2017

Carter to retire as head of AANAC, AADNS
McKnights.com - Carter, who founded the groups and has served at the helm of AANAC since 1999 and AADNS since its inception in 2016, plans to step down in April 2018.

AANAC, AADNS founder and CEO to retire in 2018
iAdvanceseniorcare.com - Diane Carter, MSN, RN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, FAAN, founder, president and CEO, of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services(AADNS) has announced her plan to retire from the associations in April 2018, after leading both associations since their inceptions in 1999 and 2016, respectively.

New survey process offers opportunities, experts advise
McKnights.com - During a series of sessions Friday at the AADNS conference in Leesburg, VA, numerous experts offered tips on best practices for clinicians. As directors of nursing prepare for a new survey process from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, there are opportunities to set standards and promote high-quality care, experts said Friday.

New survey guidance coming soon, CMS official says
McKnights.com - “We are planning to release it soon,” promised Evan Shulman, CMS Deputy Director in the Division of Nursing Homes, Survey and Certification Group, speaking at the AADNS show in Leesburg, VA.

Education-focused LTC nursing foundation debuts
McKnights - A new charitable organization has been established to fund scholarships and academic research grants in the field of long-term care nursing. The launch of the Long-Term Care Nursing Education Foundation was announced Wednesday by the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing, the parent group of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS).

2016

Reader Poll: What do you wish people knew about being a long-term care nurse?
McKnights.com - “That nurses save lives. Physicians are often seldom in the building. If nurses don't know what they are seeing, it's trouble.” — Diane Carter, RN, MSN, President and CEO, AADNS, Denver

60 Second with Amy Stewart
McKnights.com - Q: Where should nursing leadership start with the new final rule? A: Consider up front how much time and effort it will take to put a plan in place. The director of nursing needs to look at policies, procedures and forms.

Debating the obscure parts of the final rule
McKnights.com - If you were with me at the AADNS conference in Baltimore, I'd kick back with you as we selected comfortable chairs, and would suggest we have wine and cheese as we read.

Providers disappointed with final rule's 'unnecessary' arbitration ban
McKnights.com - But others, including Diane Carter, MSN, RN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, FAAN, president and CEO of the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services, were less relieved about the rule's stance on nursing staffing.

CMS surprise: New nursing home survey process to debut in late 2017
McKnights.com - Organizers of the first national meeting of the new American Association of Directors of Nursing Services timed their event just right. On Thursday, members became the first group of long-term care providers to learn of a new survey process.

Inaugural AADNS conference kicks off Wednesday
McKnights.com -  The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services will hold its first national conference Wednesday through next Friday in Baltimore.

New nursing services group promises a 'proactive' voice
McKnights.com -  A new, post-acute care nursing organization looks to bring a "fresh and proactive" approach to the field, its leader says.

The importance of marketing and PR for nurse leaders
McKnights.com - Nurse leaders interested in the connection between clinical care and marketing may wish to check out the marketing chapter of AADNS' new resource, Essential Business Skills for the Nurse Leader.

New organization launches for post-acute nursing directors
McKnights.com - A new post-acute care nursing organization was launched Monday and will bring a “fresh and proactive” approach to the field, its leader told McKnight's.

New association for directors of nursing services launches
LTLmagazine.com - The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) has officially launched today with more than 5,000 members.

2015

AANAC making plans for DON organization
McKnights.com - Long-term care nurse executives have announced they will be introducing an organization for directors of nursing in a few months.

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