AADNS Webinars

Webinars are one of the most important member benefits of joining AADNS. Join us, in the comfort of your own office, for these complimentary and timely discussions about the regulations that impact you, the challenges you face on a day-to-day basis, and the solutions for your most complex problems. Be the most effective leader you can be with the latest-breaking news and best practices.

Upcoming Live Webinars

Phase 3 Readiness – The Final Frontier

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour 
Date: May 21, 2019 at 2 pm ET, (1 pm CT, noon MT, 11 am PT) 
Speaker: Jillene Nero Snow, MBA, BSN, RN-BC, CHC, Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations, Ethica; AAPACN Board Vice Chair 

Live webinars are complimentary to AADNS members. The cost for non-members to attend is $99 (Learn more about membership)

With just a few months away from the deadline to implement the Phase 3 requirements of participation, you may be asking yourself if your facility teams are ready? During this session, the presenter will focus on the key elements of the required compliance and ethics programs, staff training, QAPI governing body role and responsibilities, and trauma-informed care. The presenter will provide knowledge and instruction related to these requirements and tips/tools to ease implementation. Don’t miss this opportunity to evaluate your readiness and shore up any gaps before your first standard survey after the Nov. 28, 2019 deadline. 

Following this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of compliance and ethics programs

  • Comprehend staff training requirements

  • Increase your knowledge of trauma-informed care

  •  Create an immediate plan of action to begin the development and implementation of Phase 3 requirements


Jillene Nero Snow has no conflicts of interest to disclose.


Recorded Webinar Library

We understand that the life of a nurse leader is a busy one. Pick a time that is convenient for you and enjoy some of the topics from this library of recorded webinars, available to you at any time and as many times as you wish to watch after the initial purchase. 

Five-Star Updates Demystified

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: April 29, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes
Speaker: Amy Stewart, BSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT

Do you know how the April 2019 changes to the Five-Star Rating System will impact your facility rating? We anticipated the unfreezing of the health inspection star, but the recently released updates brought about unexpected impacts to all three Five-Star domains, including a threshold adjustment to the staffing domain and separate weighting and thresholds for the short- and long-stay quality measures and the new and retired measures. During this 60-minute webinar, we will dive into some of the significant Five-Star changes and how they may impact your Five-Star Quality Rating.

Following this webinar, you will be able to: 

  • Describe the changes in each of the three domains impacting the Five-Star rating
  • Understand how inaccurate Payroll-Based Journal staffing hours can heavily influence the staffing star
  • Detail strategies to improve your Five-Star Quality rating

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Amy Stewart has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Ready, Set, Reveal: The RAI Revisions are Here

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: Sept 20, 2018
Duration: 60 minutes
Speaker: Amy Stewart, BSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT

The wait is over! The Oct. 1, 2018 version of the RAI User’s Manual is released and full of a number of MDS coding changes impacting SNF QRP and nursing systems. This webinar will walk you through the highlights of the RAI User’s Manual changes and discuss how they impact nurse leaders and the systems they oversee. We will also discuss the newly added drug regimen review and how this differs from the drug regimen review in the SOM. Other items to be discussed include: resident interviews, pressure injury/ulcer coding, section GG additions, and more.

Following this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Comprehend the RAI User’s Manual changes that impact resident interviews on the MDS and how this impacts person-centered care
  • Discuss the MDS coding changes to section M, pressure injuries, and how this may impact policies
  • Differentiate between MDS item drug regimen review and drug regimen review under the SOM tag F-756

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Amy Stewart has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

PDPM is Coming - How the DNS Can Lead the Change

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: Aug. 21, 2018
Duration: 60 minutes
Speaker: Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, QCP

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) has been finalized and will replace RUGs-IV, Oct. 1, 2019 – just 14 months away. With both Phase 3 and the PDPM implementation next fall, strong nursing leadership is more critical than ever.  AADNS is your helping hand! During this webinar, we provide an overview of the PDPM and changes to the system made in the final rule-making process, and we look at how you can dynamically lead your teams to effective changes.

Following this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Provide an overview of the finalized Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) in the SNF PPS rule

  • Describe five key areas that will be most impacted by the new payment system, including therapy services, restorative nursing, pre-admission screening and the admission process, the MDS assessment process, and clinical systems

  • Discuss how to map a plan to be prepared for Oct. 1, 2019

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Judi Kulus has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Top 10 Deficiencies Being Cited—What DONs Can Do to Avoid Them

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: July 17, 2018
Duration: 60 minutes
Speaker: Amy Stewart, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT

In November 2017, CMS implemented a new survey process that combined the traditional survey and the QIS survey processes. Since that time, skilled nursing facilities have been working hard to limit the number of deficiencies and understand the expectations of the new process. However, this process has not been without flaw. The new survey results from CMS are in and every DON needs to know the top 10 trends in survey citations that have been cited over the last few months so that they can prepare their facility. Join this 60-minute webinar to learn about the most common citations that nurse leaders are facing today and how to prevent them. By preventing these citations, you and your team can provide higher quality and safer care for residents.

This webinar will help you:

  • Identify the top ten citations being cited in today’s skilled nursing facilities
  • Learn effective prevention measures for these common citations so that you can develop a plan of action to ensure you are not tagged for these deficiencies
  • Become familiar with available resources that will help you prepare your staff for survey

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Amy Stewart has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

CMS Breaking News and Updates for the DNS

Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: March 22, 2018
Duration: 60 minutes
Speaker: Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, DNS-CT, RAC-MT, QCP

If you haven’t heard, CMS has frozen your facility’s star rating for the Health Inspection Domain. In this webinar, we will discuss these changes and what they mean for you. Additionally, newly released information about drug regimen review requirements that will be captured on the MDS after Oct. 1, 2018, is a must-know for the DNS. We’ll also focus on some upcoming changes that impact the admission process and how your nurses’ process drug orders. These changes will impact future QMs and facility payments. Other recent updates from CMS include changes to the Quality Measures, beneficiary notices, and diagnosis tracking. Get all the details you need to know in this upcoming informative webinar!

This webinar will prepare you with the skills to:

  • Describe the February changes to the Five-Star program, including the star rating for the Health Inspection Domain

  • Explain the drug regimen review requirements and how the coming MDS coding requirements impact the nursing department

  • Review other changes recently released by CMS, including changes to Quality Measures, beneficiary notices, and diagnosis tracking

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Judi Kulus has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

The Key to Competency-Based Approach to Staffing


Members: $19  |  Non-members: $59  (Learn more about membership)

Continuing Education: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CE hour
Recording Date: March 1, 2017
Duration: 60 minutes
Speaker: Amy Stewart, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, QCP- MT

Compliance with recent SOM regulations related to staff competency require nurse leaders to tailor a training and education plan for staff specific to their facility’s resident population. The recent updates require not only sufficient nursing staff, but also that staff have the appropriate competencies and skills sets to provide nursing and related services to assure resident safety and attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident, as determined by resident assessments and individual plans of care. In addition, as of November 28, 2017, facilities must link staffing with the required facility assessment, which considers the number, acuity, and diagnoses of the facility’s resident population. While the task of ensuring competency-based staffing might seem burdensome there is a bright side. Training and education are often associated with increased staff retention, decreased staff turnover, improved patient and resident outcomes, and a more effective and engaged workforce.

This webinar will discuss with key considerations when applying competency-based staffing using the facility assessment. In addition, participants will be given an example of a training and education evaluation plan that will assist in identifying site specific training needs.

Participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast competency-based educational offerings with knowledge-based in-service offerings
  • List three benefits of providing competency-based staff education
  • Develop a facility-specific training and education evaluation plan that will help identify educational needs and the resources needed to offer the education

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Amy Stewart has no conflicts of interest to disclose.