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Falls are top reason for lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities, report states

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Resident falls continue to present the greatest risk of lawsuits to skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care providers, according to a recently released report from insurance company CNA.

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DOJ launches elder abuse website with resources for working with victims ... CNA and her daughter stole $60,000 from nursing home resident, authorities charge

Male CNA who wears women's clothing can pursue charges that nursing home defamed him

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A Texas certified nursing assistant can continue to pursue charges that his former nursing home employer has made false, defamatory statements about him in the job referral process, a federal court recently ruled.

'Fresh meat' for the workforce ... really?!

'Fresh meat' for the workforce ... really?!

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I was speaking to a group of certified nursing assistant during a session on turnover. The meeting was a hoot, and one CNA in particular shouted, "You are right! You are SO right!" I felt validated by her excitement after I noted how we often run off new nursing assistants by the way we treat them. But then it went bad.

National Nursing Assistant Week: A time to say 'thank you'

National Nursing Assistant Week: A time to say 'thank you'

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A person must know their own value. As we pay tribute to our women and men who serve on the frontline of long term care, keep in mind the best way to communicate how you feel about them and their service is to stop a CNA in action this week and look them in the eye and say, "I know I don't say it enough, no one possibly could, but you matter and you are a valued part of this team!"

Forgiveness — do it

Forgiveness — do it

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That new CNA ran over your foot with the med cart. Someone else is getting the promotion you expected. A resident's family member said horrible things about you. A coworker stole your shift — and your husband.

Nursing director among new defendants in expanded case against IL hospice, authorities announce

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A fraud case against a hospice company that provided services to nursing home residents has grown to include three additional defendants and the hospice organization itself, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced Tuesday. The facility's owner was charged in the case in January.

Of tired mice and men

Of tired mice and men

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Just so you know, I've been pulling two, 12-hour shifts of living per day for the past 53 years, and I'm exhausted. I work when I sleep and I sleep when I work, which means I don't do either one very well. I've even talked to my supervisor about this, to no avail. He's an unreasonable ogre named Gary Tetz, and all he cares about is himself.

Ask the care expert ... about INRs

Ask the care expert ... about INRs

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We have quite a few residents on INRs (with a diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation) that we cannot regulate as hard as we try. Do you have any suggestions we should look at?

HBO documentary reveals a certified nursing assistant's struggle

HBO documentary reveals a certified nursing assistant's struggle

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President Lyndon Johnson highlighted impoverished families in Appalachia when he declared a "war on poverty." Fifty years later, as the nation takes stock of how successfully we've waged this war, the media is spotlighting certified nursing assistants in long-term care facilities as examples of the working poor.

Leadership in LTC: The diversity challenge

Leadership in LTC: The diversity challenge

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Having a diverse administrative workforce requires new ideas on the process of training administrators and encouraging organizations to provide those training opportunities.

CNA speak: Take time to learn the language

CNA speak: Take time to learn the language

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In my 32 years of careful study regarding the divide between administration and certified nursing aides, I have learned many things. One of the most important discoveries is that there are two separate languages spoken between administration and CNAs.

Who wants to be called a worker?

Who wants to be called a worker?

I have always welcomed change, as I truly believe that growth and progress require it. So, why do I have such a hard time embracing an occupational title change for certified nursing assistants? I guess it's because of the suggested titles and terminology.

Preparing charge nurses for success!

Preparing charge nurses for success!

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Today more than ever, we hear about the importance of PROACTIVE approaches to prevent as many unfavorable events as possible. One of the key essential proactive approaches that we can implement is to PREPARE our charge nurses for success! There are times, when new nurses start their position that the orientation or teaching period is cut short because they are "doing just fine" and they are "needed" to take a shift by themselves.

Part-time workers may be a solution for LTC providers, experts say

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Affordable Care Act requirements related to health insurance are leading long-term care providers to hire more part-time employees, according to some experts.

Fall risk in new nursing home residents tied to CNA staffing levels, study says

Fall risk in new nursing home residents tied to CNA staffing levels, study says

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The risk for falls among newly admitted, short-stay nursing home residents is tied to certified nursing assistant staffing levels, new research has determined.

These calendars offer more than days to remember

These calendars offer more than days to remember

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Long-term care operators have produced a variety of clever, attractive calendars through the years. The illustrations have even shown simulated naked poses, with strategic signage saving the viewer from the "Full Monty" experience.

EEOC: Nursing home erred in firing Jehovah's Witness

EEOC: Nursing home erred in firing Jehovah's Witness

A Michigan nursing home is being sued for allegedly firing a Jehovah's Witness nursing assistant after she asked for certain days off.

Job satisfaction ranks higher than pay in nursing home staff turnover, study finds

Certified nursing assistants working in long-term care say job satisfaction and emotional well being are bigger factors in turnover rates than how much money they make, a new study finds.

Recession slows cost growth at some long-term care facilities

There were smaller cost increases at some long-term care facilities from 2008-2010 as a result of the economic recession, according to a new analysis from Prudential Financial Inc., a financial services company.

Following racial caregiving preferences of white resident violates Civil Rights Act, court rules

An Indiana nursing facility's decision to honor the request of a white resident who refused to be treated by a black certified nursing assistant violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a U.S. Circuit Court recently ruled.

Fewer nursing homes offer CNA training, report finds

Between 1997 and 2007, the number of nursing homes providing training and certification programs for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) fell by more than a third, according to a recent report.

Fund-raiser seeks to raise awareness of role of CNAs

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Administrators, don't be alarmed if you notice pedometers around your facilities. Starting today, more than 800 frontline caregivers and their supporters have started to log miles for "Stepping Up for Quality," a fund-raiser sponsored by the National Association of Health Care Assistants.

Being grateful on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving, as its name so states, is a holiday to celebrate gratitude. But thankfulness, as we all know, is not always so easy to muster—especially during these tough financial times. Then again, being bah humbug never solved anything either.

CNAs urge Congress to reconsider Medicare cuts

Members of a national association of nursing home certified nurse aides called on Congress last week to reconsider cutting billions of dollars in Medicare payments to nursing homes.

The caregiver king

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