The Daily Editors' Blog

Where's your next lawsuit coming from?

Where's your next lawsuit coming from?

If a recent survey of about 800 corporate attorneys is to be believed, there's no shortage of things to lose sleep over.

Having standards isn't enough

Having standards isn't enough

There's a country music song that popularly declares, "You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything." Well, I'm here to tell you, having standards isn't the answer.

Failure in discharge planning

Failure in discharge planning

There's a feel-good national story that debuted last week around how emergency responders helped an 81-year-old man. Wonderful people came to his aid. But why did it have to come to this?

Note to associations: Give General Powell a break

Note to associations: Give General Powell a break

The first time I heard Gen. Colin Powell speak at a trade show was in the mid-1990s, and he gave one of the most spellbinding presentations I'd ever witnessed. That said, it's now probably time for senior living organizations to stop hiring him.

The Real Nurse Jackie

10 things a boss shouldn't say

10 things a boss shouldn't say

I recently read an article that discussed the Top 10 sentences a manager or boss should never let past their lips. You should think, "Run for the hills!" if they say any of these things. And yet they do. Here's my Real Nurse Jackie take on them.

Leave the cape at home to become a caregiving hero

Leave the cape at home to become a caregiving hero

OK, let's face it. We all have an inner superhero in us or we wouldn't be in the business of serving. But sometimes we need to leave that cape at home.

Guest blogs

Talking about and speaking up for nurses

Talking about and speaking up for nurses

"Let's make the veiller!" This popular Cajun phrase means, "Let's spend the evening talking with friends." And that's exactly what we did at the 2015 American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination Annual Conference in New Orleans earlier this month.

The pressure is on, Part 1

The pressure is on, Part 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released its annual series of Medicare payment-related proposed rules for long-term care post-acute settings, which includes skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals last month.

Things I Think

Toss me overboard

Toss me overboard

Last time we talked, it was peppers and hooch. Now it's liquor and prostitutes. As a long-term care professional, I imagine you're wondering what you've done wrong to encourage this trending moral free-fall in your facilities. But let me put your mind at ease. It's not you. It's me.

Peppers and hooch

Peppers and hooch

You are correct. "Peppers and Hooch" does sound like a bad buddy cop show from the '80s. But in the world of Nebraskan long-term care, the lethal combination could be threatening the whole profession.

The World According to Dr. El

The many riches of senior living conferences

The many riches of senior living conferences

I've been fortunate enough to attend several senior living conventions recently and my enthusiasm for the experience has yet to diminish. You would feel the same way, and here's why.

'Okie El' rocks out, and then veges out

'Okie El' rocks out, and then veges out

My first-ever trip to Oklahoma for a speaking engagement recently included no fringed surries. But there was a bustling, well-run long-term conference, animated conversations with attendees, life-altering products in the expo hall and much, much more. Much more.