CNAs

Ask the pain expert ... about evaluating pain

Ask the pain expert ... about evaluating pain

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We use the numeric pain scale in our skilled care facility, but many of our residents can't communicate well. Is there another suggestion?

Ask the nursing expert ... about becoming a good leader

Ask the nursing expert ... about becoming a good leader

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As a nurse manager, how do I lead my team to great outcomes?

CNAs and National Nursing Home Week: Much to celebrate

CNAs and National Nursing Home Week: Much to celebrate

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This week, nearly 1 million certified nursing assistants across the nation have been celebrating National Nursing Home Week as they render their special care services to nearly 1.5 million residents living in skilled nursing centers.

Former CNA gets 16-year prison sentence for stealing nursing home residents' identities

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Three former nursing home aides are facing prison time for stealing residents' identities and conning the government, state and federal authorities announced Thursday.

Physical demands on CNAs differ by shift

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Certified nursing assistants who work in long-term care are put in severe postures for their shoulders and elbows at night, and for their neck during the day, according to a new study.

Recruiting to reduce turnover in LTC

Recruiting to reduce turnover in LTC

Organizations must take steps as early as possible in the employee lifecycle to address dysfunctional turnover. From selection to 'onboarding,' there are specific strategies to improve employee retention.

Ask the nursing expert ... about stopping staff turnover

Ask the nursing expert ... about stopping staff turnover

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As one of the leaders in my nursing facility, how do I stop turnover and motivate my staff to improve our performance?

New website offers training videos on oral care for nursing home residents with dementia

New website offers training videos on oral care for nursing home residents with dementia

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Long-term care workers can now refer to oral care resources on a new website launched by the nonprofit organization Oral Health America. Tools include video training programs on providing daily oral care for nursing home residents with dementia.

Biggest losers

Biggest losers

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Providers reveal strategies for reducing unneccessary antipsychotics use for residents with dementia, and meeting industry-wide medication reduction goals

Ruling paves the way for 'micro-unions'

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Long-term care groups have expressed concern over a recent court ruling that could lead to the formation of "micro-unions" in nursing and assisted living facilities.

myCNAjobs expands into long-term care

myCNAjobs said it is expanding into the long-term care space by offering assisted living providers a free trial.

How consistent CNA assignments will help residents

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Consistent assignments for CNAs are discussed and implemented more frequently than they used to be. For the most part, research studies speak to the positive attributes of this model of care. From improved surveys to reduced staff turnover, it's hard to ignore the wave of empirical support.

Shift workers at higher risk for stroke, heart attack, study finds

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Shift workers, especially those working overnight, are at a higher risk for having a stroke or heart attack, an analysis finds.

Demand for CNAs and nursing aides to balloon by 2025, report finds

Demand for CNAs and nursing aides to balloon by 2025, report finds

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The number healthcare support professionals — a category that includes long-term care aides and assistants — is expected to grow faster than any other group of healthcare workers, a new report estimates.

Direct caregivers will make up nation's largest workforce by 2020, analysis predicts

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Direct care workers, a group that includes nursing assistants, home health aides and personal care aides, are expected to comprise the United States' largest workforce by 2020, according to a new analysis.

Pine Grove Nursing Center selects Vocollect

Pine Grove Nursing Center has implemented AccuNurse voice technology, the device distributor recently announced. AccuNurse's voice-based technology allows the operator to improve care while preparing for healthcare reform requirements that take effect in 2014. "We've observed a dramatic improvement in the ability of our CNAs to observe and accurately document patients' needs since the rollout of AccuNurse," said Julie Harbison, the facility's administrator.

Report: LTC assistants have more training hours than home health counterparts

Training requirements for home health aides are not keeping pace with what's required of certified nursing assistants working in nursing homes, a new report finds.

Medicare reimbursement cuts will force loss of 40,000 nursing home-related jobs, survey respondents say

Medicare reimbursement cuts will force loss of 40,000 nursing home-related jobs, survey respondents say

The Medicare PPS skilled nursing facility final rule that was enacted Oct. 1 could result in 20,000 nursing home layoffs nationwide and another 20,000 jobs lost to abandoned expansion activity, according to results of a new national survey.

NLRB issues new union-friendly regulation; also expected to boost unionizing efforts in nursing homes soon, report says

NLRB issues new union-friendly regulation; also expected to boost unionizing efforts in nursing homes soon, report says

A new regulation issued by the National Labor Relations Board will soon require employers to post information about unionization rights on bulletin boards. Business groups critical of that regulation also expect the NLRB to issue a decision soon that would make it easier to unionize "specific groups of nursing home workers, like certified nursing assistants," The New York Times reported Friday.

CNAs, home health aides in huge demand, but struggles ahead, experts warn

CNAs, home health aides in huge demand, but struggles ahead, experts warn

Certified nursing assistants and home health aides will continue to be in huge demand, but a lack of training and low pay could mean a labor crisis for nursing facilities, home health agencies and even hospitals, according to a joint report from Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post.