The Daily Editors' Blog

Can we get that in writing? We better

Can we get that in writing? We better

If you asked long-term care providers what their main concern is, you would think it would be "patient care," right? It turns out, that's not reality. Most providers, it appears, are consumed by documentation.

An emerging union challenge: 'micro' management

An emerging union challenge: 'micro' management

The National Labor Relations Board's willingness to let smaller groups of people form "micro unions" has many operators on edge.

Genetic testing opens can of worms for Alzheimer's patients

Genetic testing opens can of worms for Alzheimer's patients

Healthcare professionals tend to have a belief in facts, and as a corollary believe in conventional wisdom that knowledge is power. Of course, what people SAY they want to know and how they actually act is often miles apart.

Volunteer calls out nursing homes for not delivering

Volunteer calls out nursing homes for not delivering

After five years, Gary Gamponia says he has had enough frustration. His message to nursing home administrators and activities directors would likely be, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" — if only he had enough leverage, that is.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Death by Acronym

Death by Acronym

With apologies to Dr. Seuss, let me begin: I do not like these acronyms, these baffling lettered synonyms ...

Oh no, they didn't! More document nightmares

Oh no, they didn't! More document nightmares

As I've mentioned before, I believe nursing documentation is the bane of any nursing director's existence. Frankly, I think the look on my face when opening a medical record to the nurse's note section is exactly the same face I make when opening the stall to a public toilet. In other words, I never know what I'll find, and I'm prepared for something scary!

Guest blogs

Credibility: The fundamental foundation of leadership

Credibility: The fundamental foundation of leadership

Think of credibility as having benefits similar to that of a house's foundation during a huge storm. If the foundation is sound, then it will hold up against raging waters.

Why we sought Joint Commission accreditation

Why we sought Joint Commission accreditation

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me why I was seeking Joint Commission certification, I could max out my personal retirement contributions.

Things I Think

What to do with the wanderer

What to do with the wanderer

My very adorable, but now elderly puppy has developed a serious problem with wandering. The last time, he was almost hit by a truck. It's rather troubling, to say the least. But long-term care providers may have shown me the way.

Coming out old

Coming out old

Growing old is a choice. I realize that now. But it took some straight talk from neurosurgeon and likely Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson to help me see the light.

Rehab Realities

Paying it forward

Paying it forward

'Tis the season to be giving. My cousin shared with me recently that she had her coffee paid for twice in the past week when going through the drive-thru at a Starbucks. I feel that we could all pay it forward in non-monetary ways to our fellow co-workers and residents.

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

You might be thinking this is going to be about the intriguing restaurant chain The Melting Pot. While I do love fondue (especially the cheese and chocolate varieties), I want to look at something crucial to our profession, and not just our palates.