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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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  • Celebrating Resident-Directed Care: Our Role as Nurses

    Celebrating Resident-Directed Care: Our Role as Nurses

    By Diane Carter, RN, MSN, FAAN -

    Residents are, of course, at the heart of resident-directed care, but they aren’t there alone. Standing with them are family, IDT staff, and nurses, all advocating for the highest quality of care and quality of life for those residents. As professional nurses, we are in a uniquely challenging position. We must integrate resident preferences, related evidence-based care, and our own clinical judgment to promote resident choice and voice. And we do! Every day.

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  • Celebrating Resident-Directed Care – Scenario 4: What would you do?

    Celebrating Resident-Directed Care – Scenario 4: What would you do?

    By AANAC -

    Providing resident-directed care isn’t always easy. What do we do when the resident’s choice conflicts with nursing standards of practice? Throughout the month of August, the Nurse Leader blog has explored this very question by asking you to tell us how you would approach challenging resident-care scenarios.

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