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  • Prepare Your Facility for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program – Part 1

    Prepare Your Facility for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program – Part 1

    By Emily Royalty-Bachelor, Staff Writer -

    The Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP) is a new regulation that comes with Phase 2 of the Mega Rule and goes into effect on November 28, 2017. This new regulation will involve major changes to your process and several new duties for your staff. And it could also affect your F-tags –  if not implemented properly, you could be cited under multiple tags, and penalized accordingly. So if your facility leadership has not yet begun to prepare for the ASP, it’s high time to consider it.

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  • How to Decide on Uniforms for Your Staff

    How to Decide on Uniforms for Your Staff

    By AADNS -

    The history of the first nurse uniforms goes all the way back to Florence Nightingale and nurses who volunteered during the Crimean War. Some say they were designed to prevent fever and infections, and some say it was to protect against possible misconduct of the wounded men.

    However, today’s uniforms – for all of the staff in your facility – can be chosen with a variety of restrictions or methods in mind. There is not just one way to go about it. 

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  • 4 Goals You Can Accomplish by Attending a Nurse Leadership Conference

    4 Goals You Can Accomplish by Attending a Nurse Leadership Conference

    By AADNS -

    As a nurse leader, you are very busy, and that's why it's so important to take a few days to recharge your spirit and enhance your knowledge. The 2017 AADNS Conference is a great place to do this. You’ll have access to focused education in one place, networking opportunities with nurse leaders like you, and the chance to learn best practices to achieve your goals as a nurse leader. Find out why this nurse leadership conference is the best event for you to attend this year.

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  • The Millennial Generation & Leadership

    The Millennial Generation & Leadership

    By Meagan Johnson, Generational Expert, Speaker, and Author -

    Meagan Johnson, Generational Expert, Speaker, and Author, discusses the struggle between multiple generations in the workplace, and how managers can appeal to and better lead Millennials.

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  • New Foundation for LTC Nursing Education and Research

    New Foundation for LTC Nursing Education and Research

    By AADNS -

    Denver, Colo. 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.

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  • Top 10 Nurse Leader Blogs of 2016

    Top 10 Nurse Leader Blogs of 2016

    By AADNS -

    In 2016, AADNS started the Nurse Leader Blog to enlighten you with important topics and questions that you need to address in your busy days as DONs. As we move long-term and post-acute care forward into 2017, let us reflect on the most popular topics of the previous year and all that we have worked to achieve as leaders.

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  • Take the Stress Out of the Holiday Season

    Take the Stress Out of the Holiday Season

    By AADNS -

    ’Tis the season! The season for giving. The season for family. The season for peppermint mocha lattes. But for directors of nursing services across the country, it’s also the season for stress. But it shouldn’t be. So this holiday season, take a step back, take a deep breath, and relax. Here’s how:

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  • 5 Ways to Show Your Team You Are Thankful

    5 Ways to Show Your Team You Are Thankful

    By AADNS -

    With Thanksgiving around the corner, now is the time to show your staff that you are thankful for them, for all that they do throughout the year, and for the chance to serve as their leader. Here are a few ways you can do just that:

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  • 3 Tips to Better Communicate with Your Administrator

    3 Tips to Better Communicate with Your Administrator

    By AADNS -

    Do you ever feel as if you speak a different language than your administrator? Differences in work experience, specialized training, or personal communication styles can all cause what seem like impossible barriers to overcome. Break down the walls to discover common ground and a more effective working relationship between you and your administrator with three simple tips.

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  • The Journey to Nurse Leadership

    The Journey to Nurse Leadership

    By Lynn Sywyj -

    Lynn Milligan, MSN/ED, RN follows her heart. Originally from Pittsburgh, she took a two-week vacation to Hawaii in her twenties and never went back. She had found her new home.

    Her first job in Hawaii was a nurse aide. She had no experience, but in those days “after three, eight-hour training sessions, you were on the floor... it was kind of disastrous,” she recalls with a smile in her voice. Even so, she loved the work because she loved the residents. Lynn had found her passion. Her colleagues saw this and encouraged her to become an RN. Working full-time it took her five years, but she finally completed her ASN.  

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  • Q & A: How do I prepare an evaluation for underperforming nurse?

    Q & A: How do I prepare an evaluation for underperforming nurse?

    By AADNS -

    Q. One of my key nurses is due for her annual evaluation. She was promoted several months ago, but she is not meeting my expectations. How can I confront this without making her defensive, or worse yet, breaking her spirit?

    A.  Delivering bad news is never fun, but an annual evaluation is your opportunity to show support to staff and help a struggling nurse get back on track. Here are four steps to help you soften the blow of a less-than-stellar review.

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