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  • Why Should I Become a Certified DON?

    Why Should I Become a Certified DON?

    By AADNS -

    If you want to thrive as a DON in today’s long-term care profession, have the respect of your administrators, and provide the best care for our elders, earning your professional certification is a must. Read this blog to find out how the DNS-CT certification from AADNS will help you in your career and decide if you are ready to work toward this great accomplishment.

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  • Why Should I Earn a Nursing Certification?

    Why Should I Earn a Nursing Certification?

    By AADNS -

    Certification programs elevate the standard of knowledge and skills required for a profession. In nursing, certifications are offered by specialty, and there are many paths to choose from. If you are considering a career in nursing, you may be wondering – why should I earn a nursing certification in addition to going to nursing school? Here are a few things to consider.

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  • A DNS’s Advice on How to Prepare for the New Survey Process

    A DNS’s Advice on How to Prepare for the New Survey Process

    By Kristin Bernard-Breese, RN, BSN, RAC-MT, QCP-MT, DNS-CT, CPC -

    Preparing for the new survey process should not be much different than what you are already doing. Surveyors are just changing the way they look at things and viewing them more comprehensively than they did before. However, there are certain things you should be preparing weekly and monthly throughout the year in order to be ready for your survey.

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  • 4 Times McKnight’s Asked the Nursing Expert and AADNS’s Judi Kulus Responded

    4 Times McKnight’s Asked the Nursing Expert and AADNS’s Judi Kulus Responded

    By AADNS -

    Over the past four months for McKnight’s “Ask the Nursing Expert about…” column, AADNS’s Vice President of Curriculum Development, Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, addressed some of the challenges that nurse leaders are facing today, from understanding unusual citations to Facility-Wide Assessment preparation. Read all four articles here and get the expert answers you need now.

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  • What Can Happen in a Year?

    What Can Happen in a Year?

    By AADNS -

    In 2017, long-term care saw several changes, such as the implementation of Phase 2 of the Requirements of Participation, the new SNF survey process, an emphasis on person-centered care, reductions in medications including opioids and antipsychotics, an extensive look at emergency preparedness and infection control, and much more. 

    Take a look at AADNS's 2017 Year in Review and consider joining this professional nursing association in 2018 to keep up with the new changes coming your way as a nurse leader!

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  • Want a Career that Provides Research Opportunities, Autonomy, and the Ability to Make a Difference? Try LTC!

    Want a Career that Provides Research Opportunities, Autonomy, and the Ability to Make a Difference? Try LTC!

    By Kristin Breese, BSN, RN, CPC, RAC-MT, QCP-MT -

    AADNS member, Kristin Breese, BSN, RN, CPC, RAC-MT, QCP-MT, tells her story of how she went from a night job as a nurse aid to a director of nursing role, and how higher education and research has shaped her path in improving the quality of life and care for residents. If you are considering a career in long-term care, Kristin’s advice and inspiring words are exactly what you need to read today.

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  • How to Support the Long-Term Care Profession on Giving Tuesday

    How to Support the Long-Term Care Profession on Giving Tuesday

    By AADNS and the Long-Term Care Nursing Education Foundation -

    The holiday season is upon us, and Giving Tuesday is just around the corner on Nov. 28, a global day of giving and philanthropy. So you may be wondering, how can I give back to the long-term care community for which I am a part of? Read this blog to find out!

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  • Professional Development Leads to Quality Care

    Professional Development Leads to Quality Care

    By AADNS -

    In the long-term and post-acute care fields where the only thing that is constant is change, it’s so important to keep learning and developing yourself and your team. Why? Professional growth and continuing education lead to better care. In this blog, read more about the professional development opportunities available to you and your staff with AADNS.

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  • Long-Term Care Provides Our Elders with a Purpose

    Long-Term Care Provides Our Elders with a Purpose

    By Julie Britton, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, FGNLA -

    AADNS member, Julie Britton, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, FGNLA, shares her story of how she progressed through her career from an LPN to the corporate vice president of clinical operations, as well as her optimistic views on long-term care today and the purpose and important care LTC professionals provide to residents and patients every day.

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  • LTC Nursing’s Culture Change Empowers Educational and Professional Growth

    LTC Nursing’s Culture Change Empowers Educational and Professional Growth

    By Helen Baker, MSN, RN, DON-CLTC, BC, WCC -

    AADNS member, Helen Baker, MSN, RN, DON-CLTC, BC, WCC, shares her story of how culture change in long-term care empowered her, despite personal tragedies, to go the extra mile in her educational studies and advance in her career. If you are considering a career in LTC, this is a must-read.

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