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The AADNS Nurse  Leader Blog has moved to AAPACN.org.  AADNS will continue to blog about topics relevant to LTPAC nurse leaders on the AAPACN Blog.

  • COVID-19 Impacts to LTC Facility Operations

    COVID-19 Impacts to LTC Facility Operations

    By Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP and AADNS -

    To help directors of nursing keep up with the most recent information for long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, here are two recent highlights impacting operations and some clarity regarding the guidance from CMS and the CDC.

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  • How to Gain Administrator Support for Attending the 2020 AAPACN Conference

    How to Gain Administrator Support for Attending the 2020 AAPACN Conference

    By Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA -

    In this blog, AAPACN Vice President of Curriculum Development, Amy Stewart, provides directors of nursing with a few talking points to consider when trying to gain support for this year's conference and/or preconference attendance from an administrator or corporate leader. 

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  • 5 Best Nurse Leader Blogs of 2019

    5 Best Nurse Leader Blogs of 2019

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    In 2019, the Nurse Leader Blog brought you the excitement of the year’s events, inspiring stories, leadership advice, tips for culture change, and much more. Revisit the most popular posts on the Nurse Leader Blog from 2019 below.

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  • How to Help LTC Residents Overcome Loneliness During the Holiday Season

    How to Help LTC Residents Overcome Loneliness During the Holiday Season

    By AAPACN and Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA -

    For staff, the holidays can be a busy time full of family gatherings and holiday celebrations, but for our residents, the holidays can be an especially lonely time. Our residents must adjust to so many different circumstances as they age -- issues such as physical disability, loss of independence, social isolation, and learning to living in a communal setting. These items alone can be enough to trigger depression but couple this with loss during the holidays and it can be overwhelming.

     

    Imagine if you were unable to participate in your own holiday traditions because you were chronically ill and needed assistance. That is exactly what Mrs. Brown experienced while spending the holidays in the skilled nursing facility. Mrs. Brown had a fall just after Thanksgiving. Her goal was to return home long before Christmas, but she suffered a right hip fracture that required surgical repair and therapy wasn’t progressing as she had hoped.

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  • 3 Tools for the New Director of Nursing’s Toolbox – Part 2

    3 Tools for the New Director of Nursing’s Toolbox – Part 2

    By Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA -

    Dealing with adverse employees can be a challenging task, but it's something the DNS has to do. Read this blog for some tips from Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, about how to handle these difficult situations and what to do to investigate when you suspect one of your employees might be uncompassionate or abusive. 

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  • 3 Tools for the New Director of Nursing’s Toolbox – Part 1

    3 Tools for the New Director of Nursing’s Toolbox – Part 1

    By Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA -

    Amy Stewart, Vice President of Curriculum Development for AAPACN, provides three tools for new Directors of Nursing to add to their toolbox. In Part 1, you'll find out how to set boundaries and establish expectations for communication with your team. 

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  • Do You Embody Inspirational Leadership?

    Do You Embody Inspirational Leadership?

    By Cody Campbell, LNFA -

    AADNS member, Cody Campbell, LNFA, provides insight into his take on inspirational leadership as the key to being a successful nurse leader and how directors of nursing can inspire and lead their teams.

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  • The Long-Term Care Moment That Changed My Life

    The Long-Term Care Moment That Changed My Life

    By Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA -

    Amy Stewart, Vice President of Curriculum Development for AAPACN, tells the story of the long-term care moment that changed her life, the gifts she received from a true moment of care as a director of nursing, and the revelation that was the reason she decided to stay in the field.

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  • Skilled Nursing News Hosts First Annual Summit

    Skilled Nursing News Hosts First Annual Summit

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    AAPACN President and CEO, Tracey Moorhead, attended Skilled Nursing News’ (SNN’s) inaugural, half-day Summit in Chicago on June 6. The event attracted more than 250 skilled nursing leaders representing providers, investors, technology innovators, and business solutions. Read this blog for important highlights from the panel discussions!

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  • Highlights from the 2019 AANAC and AADNS Conference in Orlando

    Highlights from the 2019 AANAC and AADNS Conference in Orlando

    By AANAC and AADNS -

    The 2019 AANAC and AADNS Conference in Orlando, FL on April 3 – 5, 2019, was by far the largest AANAC or AADNS conference yet, with more than 1,300 attendees, 48 exhibitors, 8 sponsors, and 29 speakers. The annual meeting highlighted AANAC’s 20th anniversary, AADNS’s continued success, and the launch of a new parent organization, the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN). The annual meeting was a two-and-a-half-day event full of learning about the latest best practices and regulation updates in long-term and post-acute care, connecting with industry peers and experts, and having lots of fun! If you were unable to attend or would like a chance to look back on all of the good times and important information you learned, read this blog for some highlights.


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  • Looking Forward to the 2019 AANAC and AADNS Conference

    Looking Forward to the 2019 AANAC and AADNS Conference

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    Each year, AANAC and AADNS hold an annual conference to bring together nursing professionals like you for best-in-class education, networking, and fun. With this year’s theme, we gather to envision the future of long-term and post-acute care in an atmosphere of collaboration to foster a new paradigm of teamwork and innovation. If your future is in long-term or post-acute care, you want to be a part of this event! In this blog, you’ll read about what’s new this year at the 2019 AANAC and AADNS Conference in Orlando, April 3 – 5.

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  • Top 5 Nurse Leader Blogs of 2018

    Top 5 Nurse Leader Blogs of 2018

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    In 2018, the Nurse Leader Blog provided you with tips for career success, advice for preparing for new processes, inspiring member stories, and much more. As we move into 2019, let’s take a look at the most popular posts on the Nurse Leader Blog from 2018 and reflect on all that we’ve learned and accomplished in the last year.

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  • Guest Blog: The Value of Mentoring in Nursing

    Guest Blog: The Value of Mentoring in Nursing

    By Catherine Burger, BSN, MSOL, RN -

    Mentoring is an opportunity to impart experiences, skills, perspectives, and ideas to accelerate the success of another person. Read this guest blog by Catherine Burger, BSN, MSOL, RN, to find out how by developing a formal mentoring program for nurses, organizations can recruit and retain quality nurses and positively impact the overall culture of the nursing departments. 

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