• Show Yourself a Little Love!

    By Linda Shell, DNP, MA, RN, DNS-CT - February 20, 2018

    In his children’s book Happy Birthday to You, Dr. Seuss eloquently wrote, “Today YOU are YOU, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than YOU.” The book was intended to encourage children to celebrate who they are and the ability they have to shape the course of their lives. Those same words can also be powerful in the life of a nurse leader. The long-term care environment is challenging, chaotic, and tumultuous, and that is on the good days. Changes in regulations, staff, processes, and census come fast. Nurse leaders need to celebrate who they are and their ability to shape the course of their lives. Nurse leaders need a little love!

    “There is no one alive who is youer than YOU.” So what is your YOU and how can it be used to guide your leadership role? You can begin to identify your YOU by asking the following questions:

    (1)   What are my strengths?

    (2)   What do I do well?

    (3)   What energizes me? and

    (4)   How do people say I make them feel?

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  • Q&A: What are the specific rules regarding restraints?

    By Amy Stewart, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, QCP- MT - February 20, 2018
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  • Nursing Practice: Study Examines Impact of Workplace Incivility on Patient Safety / Quality of Care (2/18)

    By AHRQ - February 15, 2018
    Unprofessional behavior among clinicians adversely affects patient safety and the quality of care. This literature review sought to apply a systems approach to studies of workplace civility in nursing. 
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  • Can You Simulate the Survey Team’s Offsite Prep?

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - February 06, 2018

    The survey team’s offsite preparation is integral to the new long-term care survey process (LTCSP), says Amy Stewart, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, curriculum development specialist for AADNS. As part of the offsite prep, the survey team coordinator reviews and documents findings from the facility’s CASPER 3 report for patterns of repeat deficiencies, the results of the last standard survey, and complaints and facility-reported incidents since the last standard survey, as well as any facility history of abuse, federal waivers or variances for onsite review, active enforcement cases that shouldn’t be investigated, and information provided by the ombudsman.

     

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  • A Gift for Staff With Special Meaning

    By Linda M. Shell DNP, MA, RN, DNS-CT - December 19, 2017

    I remember how, as a director of nursing, I wanted to give my staff something during the holidays that would have special meaning and demonstrate how much they were appreciated. Yes, we had the traditional holiday parties and celebrations, but it always seemed that more should be done to show them how much I valued the work they did. The staff worked hard and were underpaid for the physical and emotional toll of their caregiving role.

    Years later, as part of my doctoral work on nurse leadership, I researched the topic of resilience. To my surprise, being thankful and showing appreciation to those around us plays a significant role in managing stress and developing resilience, particularly in difficult work environments. Being thankful, or having an “attitude of gratitude,” as I often call it, benefits both giver and receiver and has no financial cost requirements. Dr. Paul White, author of The Vibrant Workplace, lists six positive results of leaders’ showing appreciation for staff:

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