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Ethics and professionalism

July 8, 2016  |  By Lorre Baird, BS, AP-BC, ADC, CDP
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Integrity and ethical standards can open doors for caregivers and show how professionalism can be a differentiator both in terms of staff and the business.

OSHA launches anti-retaliation rules for injury and illness reporting

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

SCOTUS says no to challenge on labor law for home care

June 27, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear a case that would have challenged the Department of Labor’s ruling on labor protections for home care workers.

Caught caring

May 23, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears
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SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares how a little appreciation can go a long way in well-designed employee recognition programs.

New overtime rules come with hefty price tag

May 20, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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The long-term care industry may be hard hit by the Department of Labor’s new Overtime Exemption Rule, which will make certain workers who earn less than $48,000 a year eligible for overtime pay. 

Brookdale wants nurses

May 4, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Brookdale Senior Living Inc. launches a tuition assistance program for newly-hired nurses that would reimburse up to $7,000 for two years of service. The goal is to grow and retain workforce talent amid a projected nursing shortfall and increasing senior...

Working challenged

May 2, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears
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When an aide quits unexpectedly, it can really disrupt a nursing home's routines. SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears tells how two aides managed to do the work of three when a sudden staff shortage caught everyone by surprise.

6 ways to avoid meaningless meetings

April 29, 2016  |  Denise Boudreau-Scott
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Does your staff groan when it’s time for yet another meeting? Try these strategies to put your meetings back on the fast track—and get your staff back to work.

Alaska cites AL for lack of training in workplace violence

April 28, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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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
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Being asked to give a deposition doesn’t have to be a scary experience with the right documentation skills and preparedness.

Mass. lawmakers want to raise nursing home wages

April 15, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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A budget proposal by Massachusetts lawmakers would spend at least $35.5 million on nursing homes, specifically, on wages and benefits for employees.

Fast food threatens to steal LTC workforce in Texas

April 15, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Texas has one of the highest turnover rates for nursing home employees. The facilities are having trouble staying competitive with Wendy’s or McDonald’s, which can offer hourly workers a job with better pay and less stress.
 

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