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  • Why Should I Become a Certified DON?

    Why Should I Become a Certified DON?

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    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?

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    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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  • 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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  • 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

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    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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  • 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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