Anne Marie Barnett

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Ask the nursing expert ... about transitioning to DON position, staying abreast of MDS changes

Ask the nursing expert ... about transitioning to DON position, staying abreast of MDS changes

I have just been promoted to director of nursing after the position became available. I am very nervous. Where do I even start and where would I find support and continuing education for my new role?

Ask the nursing expert ... about preparing for survey visits

Ask the nursing expert ... about preparing for survey visits

Q: There's an upcoming survey visit in my facility. Any suggestions on how to calm the atmosphere? A: The director of nursing sets the tone for the nursing department. Be even more present on your units; check about patients and systems with a tone of both inquiry and support.

Ask the nursing expert ... about hands-on patient assessments

Ask the nursing expert ... about hands-on patient assessments

I feel that much is missed when hands-on assessments are missed at the beginning of each nurse's shift. What do you think? I strongly feel that patient assessments for baseline information at the beginning of each shift cannot be safely omitted.

Ask the nursing expert ... about improving turnover rates

Ask the nursing expert ... about improving turnover rates

I have been in my director of nursing position at my new job for about three months now and I find that our turnover rate is outrageous. I interview and hire but after orientation, it is hard to keep our new hires. Any suggestions on how to improve retention?

Ask the nursing expert ... about dealing with workplace 'sabotage'

Ask the nursing expert ... about dealing with workplace 'sabotage'

My ADON, although smiling and seemingly cooperative, talks about me behind my back and is very critical of my leadership. It's creating an atmosphere of tension and conflict. Do you have any new reference tools to address this issue?

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