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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

    By AADNS -

    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

    By AADNS -

    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

    By AADNS -

    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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  • 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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