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Training, practice and technology pay off in real emergencies

July 21, 2016  |  Stan Szpytek
blog

Two real-life incidents show the importance of preparedness and training, so if the worst happens, your staff is ready.

OSHA launches anti-retaliation rules for injury and illness reporting

July 1, 2016  |  Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS
blog

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has passed rules that forbid retaliation and discrimination for reporting injuries, including post-accident drug testing and "incentive" programs that retaliate against those who bring workplace safety...

Leftover medications

June 16, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
article

The new Drug Enforcement Agency rules on medication reclamation and disposal protocols have been out since October 2014, but some nursing homes are still using improper methods to deal with unused or expired medications.

One in five nursing home residents victim of elder abuse

June 16, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
news

Resident-to-resident elder mistreatment is highly prevalent in nursing homes, according to a new study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. 

Extreme honesty: Medical errors and full disclosure

May 31, 2016  |  Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN
blog

Mistakes and “near misses” can and will happen. But, how a facility discloses an error can affect everything from the CMS response to the family’s reaction.

Recruiting fresh talent requires fresh thinking

May 20, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
blog

The long-term care industry is facing a workforce shortage. This Kentucky high school might be on to a solution, writes Senior Editor Nicole Stempak. 

The art of conflict resolution

May 10, 2016  |  Keith Rinier, BSW, MSW
article

When family emotions and workplace stressors combine, long-term care communities can become powderkegs of conflict. Train staff how to spot  conflict breweing and how to intervene.

A closer look at granny cams

May 5, 2016  |  Rafael Haciski, Esq., and Bette McNee
article

To film or not to film—Two risk management experts discuss the pros and cons of cameras in senior living spaces.

Alaska cites AL for lack of training in workplace violence

April 28, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
news

State labor citations at an Alaska assisted living home have other LTC operators checking the status of their staff training on workplace violence.

Nursing depositions—Duty or disaster?

April 26, 2016  |  Amy Stewart, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-CT
article

Being asked to give a deposition doesn’t have to be a scary experience with the right documentation skills and preparedness.

Educating AND training for safety

April 8, 2016  |  Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS
blog

Safety training only goes so far unless you train employees’ hands as well as their heads, says safety training expert Steve Wilder.

DOJ: substandard nursing home care will not be tolerated

April 8, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
news

The Department of Justice announced the launch of 10 regional interagency task forces designed to protect seniors in nursing homes by holding operators accountable for the quality of care they provide.

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