Staffing

Stewards of social work

Social work interns are assets to long-term care facilities. They can help bridge gaps and facilitate conversations among departments, residents and loved ones. They can help pick up slack and breathe new life into a team whose members are often overworked and understaffed. 

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NJ governor vetoes staffing minimums

Gov. Chris Christie rejected legislation to set patient quotas for certified nursing assistants who work in nursing homes. The legislation was intended to improve residentsafety and quality of life.

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HHS needs a plan to meet healthcare workforce needs

A new report by the Government Accountably Office found the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service doesn't have a formal review process to ensure workforce programs across its 72 healthcare agencies are aligned with national workforce needs. 

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Relias Learning adds international dementia training portal

Certified Dementia Practitioner training goes global as a U.S.-based training organization partners with an international dementia care association.

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Activities are more than time fillers

An Activities Department does more than organize bingo games. The department helps residents maintain cognitive function and gives them a sense of independence and dignity. That deserves every department's respect.

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Employee benefits: The personal touch

Are economic pressures and changing rules under the Affordable Care Act forcing you to pare down your employee benefits offering? Incorporating voluntary benefits can keep employees happy by allowing them to add on customized benefits.

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Staff training on fire safety

There's more to fires than just putting them out. Fire protection systems need to be properly installed and maintained, and staff needs to be properly trained in emergency procedures.

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The struggle for joy

The holidays aren't happy for some people, but resident blogger Kathy Mears reminds us how to be in charge of our own joy--and perhaps help others to do the same.

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Who should do medication reconciliation safety: RNs, LPN or both?

Registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) have different skills and work processes when it comes to medication reconciliation, say researchers at the University of Missouri.

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AANAC to launch new association for LTC DONs

In 2016, AANAC will launch a new organization made specifically for LTC nurses and directors of nursing services.

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