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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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  • 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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  • Prepare Your Facility for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program – Part 2

    Prepare Your Facility for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program – Part 2

    By Emily Royalty-Bachelor, Staff Writer -

    In part two of this blog series, you'll learn about how to start looking at what the right workflow will be for your team's antibiotic stewardship program, why you should possibly utilize an antibiogram for your facility to make the best decisions on how to apply antibiotics, and we'll provide you with some toolkits to help you create a successful program.

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  • Prepare Your Facility for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program – Part 1

    Prepare Your Facility for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program – Part 1

    By Emily Royalty-Bachelor, Staff Writer -

    The Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP) is a new regulation that comes with Phase 2 of the Mega Rule and goes into effect on November 28, 2017. This new regulation will involve major changes to your process and several new duties for your staff. And it could also affect your F-tags –  if not implemented properly, you could be cited under multiple tags, and penalized accordingly. So if your facility leadership has not yet begun to prepare for the ASP, it’s high time to consider it.

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  • How to Decide on Uniforms for Your Staff

    How to Decide on Uniforms for Your Staff

    By AADNS -

    The history of the first nurse uniforms goes all the way back to Florence Nightingale and nurses who volunteered during the Crimean War. Some say they were designed to prevent fever and infections, and some say it was to protect against possible misconduct of the wounded men.

    However, today’s uniforms – for all of the staff in your facility – can be chosen with a variety of restrictions or methods in mind. There is not just one way to go about it. 

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  • 4 Goals You Can Accomplish by Attending a Nurse Leadership Conference

    4 Goals You Can Accomplish by Attending a Nurse Leadership Conference

    By AADNS -

    As a nurse leader, you are very busy, and that's why it's so important to take a few days to recharge your spirit and enhance your knowledge. The 2017 AADNS Conference is a great place to do this. You’ll have access to focused education in one place, networking opportunities with nurse leaders like you, and the chance to learn best practices to achieve your goals as a nurse leader. Find out why this nurse leadership conference is the best event for you to attend this year.

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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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