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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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  • What Can Happen in a Year?

    What Can Happen in a Year?

    By AADNS -

    In 2017, long-term care saw several changes, such as the implementation of Phase 2 of the Requirements of Participation, the new SNF survey process, an emphasis on person-centered care, reductions in medications including opioids and antipsychotics, an extensive look at emergency preparedness and infection control, and much more. 

    Take a look at AADNS's 2017 Year in Review and consider joining this professional nursing association in 2018 to keep up with the new changes coming your way as a nurse leader!

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  • Want a Career that Provides Research Opportunities, Autonomy, and the Ability to Make a Difference? Try LTC!

    Want a Career that Provides Research Opportunities, Autonomy, and the Ability to Make a Difference? Try LTC!

    By Kristin Breese, BSN, RN, CPC, RAC-MT, QCP-MT -

    AADNS member, Kristin Breese, BSN, RN, CPC, RAC-MT, QCP-MT, tells her story of how she went from a night job as a nurse aid to a director of nursing role, and how higher education and research has shaped her path in improving the quality of life and care for residents. If you are considering a career in long-term care, Kristin’s advice and inspiring words are exactly what you need to read today.

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  • How to Support the Long-Term Care Profession on Giving Tuesday

    How to Support the Long-Term Care Profession on Giving Tuesday

    By AADNS and the Long-Term Care Nursing Education Foundation -

    The holiday season is upon us, and Giving Tuesday is just around the corner on Nov. 28, a global day of giving and philanthropy. So you may be wondering, how can I give back to the long-term care community for which I am a part of? Read this blog to find out!

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  • Professional Development Leads to Quality Care

    Professional Development Leads to Quality Care

    By AADNS -

    In the long-term and post-acute care fields where the only thing that is constant is change, it’s so important to keep learning and developing yourself and your team. Why? Professional growth and continuing education lead to better care. In this blog, read more about the professional development opportunities available to you and your staff with AADNS.

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  • Long-Term Care Provides Our Elders with a Purpose

    Long-Term Care Provides Our Elders with a Purpose

    By Julie Britton, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, FGNLA -

    AADNS member, Julie Britton, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, FGNLA, shares her story of how she progressed through her career from an LPN to the corporate vice president of clinical operations, as well as her optimistic views on long-term care today and the purpose and important care LTC professionals provide to residents and patients every day.

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  • LTC Nursing’s Culture Change Empowers Educational and Professional Growth

    LTC Nursing’s Culture Change Empowers Educational and Professional Growth

    By Helen Baker, MSN, RN, DON-CLTC, BC, WCC -

    AADNS member, Helen Baker, MSN, RN, DON-CLTC, BC, WCC, shares her story of how culture change in long-term care empowered her, despite personal tragedies, to go the extra mile in her educational studies and advance in her career. If you are considering a career in LTC, this is a must-read.

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  • Working in LTC was like Coming Home

    Working in LTC was like Coming Home

    By Jeanne Gerstenkorn, RN, BSN, MSN, DNS-CT, RAC-CT -

    Jeanne Gerstenkorn, an AADNS member, tells her story of what it was like to go from being a child watching nurses magically make people well again to finding her home in a career as the senior vice president of health and wellness for a 20-chain CCRC and hospice company. If you are considering a career in long-term care and nurse leadership, read this blog to find out how you can really make a difference!

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  • Emergency Preparedness Resources and Assistance

    Emergency Preparedness Resources and Assistance

    By AADNS -

    As hurricanes and wildfires create havoc around the U.S., and November is approaching with the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule implementation deadline, we are reminded of the importance of getting our skilled nursing facilities prepared for any emergency or disaster that may come our way. To assist you in getting ready for any emergency event, AADNS has put together a few helpful Emergency Preparedness resources to review.

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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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