The Daily Editors' Blog

Smoking: A Catch-22 for providers

Smoking: A Catch-22 for providers

Journey with me, children, back to 2003, when yours truly hung out with smokers.

Don't like the new ratings system? Welcome to our world

Don't like the new ratings system? Welcome to our world

The content in the angry letter sounded all-too familiar. "Flawed methodology" and "substantive errors" in CMS's "chosen methodology." Another nursing home organization taking issue with the Five-Star ratings system, right?Actually, the authors were blasting a new ratings system for HOSPITALS.

Why some children may not visit LTC residents

Why some children may not visit LTC residents

A Pioneer Network webinar on Thursday was a good reminder of how easy it can be to judge absent families when caring for the elderly.

It's time to sit for a visit and get caught up

It's time to sit for a visit and get caught up

McKnight's Senior Living's inaugural Online Expo arrives June 20. Just like McKnight's past Online Expos that have attracted thousands of long-term care professionals, it is free to attend and offers free CE credits — three, to be exact.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Happy Birthday, Donald Duck! Your care plan is ready

Happy Birthday, Donald Duck! Your care plan is ready

Donald Duck officially turned 83 years old on Friday, having been "born" in 1934. I have to wonder: If he were in a long-term care facility today, what would his person-centered care plan look like?

Multiplying your influence — what it means to mentor

Multiplying your influence — what it means to mentor

Becoming a nurse manager doesn't just "happen." (It's not like, "Poof! You're a DON!") Someone took the time to mentor the nurse manager and train her to develop into the role.

Guest blogs

Being a leader who leads as if there were no tomorrow ...

Being a leader who leads as if there were no tomorrow ...

What would our leadership look like if we thought that tomorrow would not come? If we ask ourselves that question, we immediately will reason there is a tomorrow. That is our challenge: We always give ourselves time. Time, in this case, is not our friend.

Don't mess with my Uber rating!

Don't mess with my Uber rating!

My most recent trip to Washington, D.C., was wrapping up like most others. I was heading to Reagan Airport by way of Uber, but what happened next was not typical — and drove me to write this piece.

Things I Think

Facing — and pacing — the future

Facing — and pacing — the future

When I first started writing about long-term care back in a previous century, our profession's slow embrace of technology and affection for the status quo was widely cited and frequently mocked. It doesn't feel that way anymore.

Standing up for the camel — and your staff

Standing up for the camel — and your staff

Even the best managers can sometimes inadvertently make jobs more difficult than they have to be, often just out of habit or inattention.

The World According to Dr. El

Promote your connections

Promote your connections

One of the things that most brightens my workday is when I see long-term care residents hanging out together.

The "last day" protocol

The "last day" protocol

I waited outside the room until the rehab therapists finished talking to Jim, who'd been admitted to the nursing home the night before.