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  • A Small Deed is a Big Deed to the Residents in Long-Term Care

    A Small Deed is a Big Deed to the Residents in Long-Term Care

    By Julie Conboy Russo, MS, RN, QCP -

    Julie Conboy Russo, MS, RN, QCP, an AADNS member, tells her long-term care story about how she works every day to make a difference in someone else’s life, no matter how small that difference may seem. Read about her vision for the future of LTC and decide for yourself if you are ready to join her and so many other nurse leaders who are working toward quality resident care.

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  • LTC Nursing is Honoring Our Elders’ Rights, Dignity, and Choices

    LTC Nursing is Honoring Our Elders’ Rights, Dignity, and Choices

    By Juzell (Joey) Pettis, RN, DNS- CT, WCC, DWC -

    Juzell Pettis, RN, DNS-CT, WCC, DWC, an AADNS member, writes about her career path in choosing long-term care, her life-changing experiences in working with residents to improve their quality of care and learn about their lives, and how she fights every day to assure the rights, dignity, and choices of our elders and disabled are honored. Enjoy Juzell's story and become inspired to choose a profession in LTC!

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  • Prepare Your Facility for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program – Part 2

    Prepare Your Facility for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program – Part 2

    By Emily Royalty-Bachelor, Staff Writer -

    In part two of this blog series, you'll learn about how to start looking at what the right workflow will be for your team's antibiotic stewardship program, why you should possibly utilize an antibiogram for your facility to make the best decisions on how to apply antibiotics, and we'll provide you with some toolkits to help you create a successful program.

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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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