Human Resources

Nursing home asked for employee's personal information too often, jury rules

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The human resources department of a Maine nursing home did not properly protect a former employee's personal identification information, a jury recently ruled.

A better way to manage your most important assets?

A better way to manage your most important assets?

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What is it that truly sets your community apart?

Are your drivers connected, or waiting to get even?

Are your drivers connected, or waiting to get even?

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An old college friend spent one summer delivering pizzas. For reasons that will soon be obvious, I won't reveal his name.

HealthcareSource, ASHHRA announce survey results

HealthcareSource® and The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration have announced the results of their third annual Healthcare HR Initiatives Survey.

Ensuring competitive advantage through leadership assessment

Ensuring competitive advantage through leadership assessment

The most critical competitive advantage of any long-term care organization is its leadership. Hiring, promoting and developing the right senior executive team have never been more important. But too often, companies make these tough decisions - and costly hiring mistakes -- based on inadequate, incomplete and undependable information.

Benefits of an automated human resources tool the focus of McKnight's free webcast

Benefits of an automated human resources tool the focus of McKnight's free webcast

Human resources functions can be some of the most challenging areas to administer in a long-term care facility, but some operators have found a high-quality solution. An automated HRMS solution is their mantra — one they learned from real-life experience. A special, free McKnight's webinar will discuss human resources challenges in long-term care at 1 p.m. Eastern on May 25.

Robot nurses to care for aging Japanese

Japan, like many countries around the world, is facing a serious shortage of caregivers to look after its rapidly growing elderly population. Unlike others, however, it is about to create an army of robot nurses.

Bill would repay student loans for nurses who earn graduate degrees and then teach

Nurses who earn a master's or doctorate degree and then teach full-time at an accredited nursing school would have their student loans paid off under a new bill in the U.S. House. Nurses would be repaid up to $40,000 for a master's degree and up to $80,000 for a doctorate under H.R. 1460.

Regulators see need to issue new guide for dining assistants in nursing homes

Regulators see need to issue new guide for dining assistants in nursing homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has completed a guide for providers who want to employ dining assistants in their facilities. After a drawn out battle, CMS agreed five years ago to allow the use of paid feeding assistants--provided they achieve a certain level of training and have the approval of the state.

Popular union for nursing home workers withdraws from healthcare reform dialogue

The largest union representing long-term care workers in the United States has withdrawn from a coalition of healthcare reformers intent on issuing widespread recommendations for lowering costs, according to published reports.

AHCA to Congress: More long-term care nurses needed

AHCA to Congress: More long-term care nurses needed

Congress should enact reforms that bolster the long-term care workforce and help address the nursing shortage, the American Health Care Association told lawmakers Monday.

Caregivers provide $375 billion in free services during 2007

The estimated market value of unpaid care to family and friends last year was $375 billion, according to AARP.

Evidence-based research delivers new staff retention tools to nursing homes

Evidence-based research delivers new staff retention tools to nursing homes

Long-term care providers, who frequently suffer employee turnover rates near 100% annually, have three new resources designed to reduce workforce turnover. The new tools, which were announced Monday by the Better Jobs Better Care Coalition, also can help providers find new employees and create a better work environment for the staff they already have, researchers said.

Ask the nursing expert

Ask the nursing expert

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Any suggestions as to how to follow up in an efficient manner after I delegate duties?

Ask the care expert

Ask the care expert

I do the CNA training, and help with checking certifications. Are there standard requirements for CNAs?

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Anna Ortigara, Communications director, Green House® Project

Nurses, staff should receive MRSA screenings, researchers say

Leaders of healthcare facilities should seriously consider having staff members screened for MRSA, the drug-resistant infection that can wreak havoc on senior populations, Swiss and South African researchers say.

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My administrator and board want my nursing staff to look at the number of nursing hours per resident and cut those hours. Is there any place where I could find out the average number of nurse hours per resident day in certified nursing facilities, and how many facilities are in each state?

Ask the legal expert

Ask the legal expert

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The raiding of resident trust funds and theft of insurance checks by staff are perhaps the two most significant fraud/embezzlement problems in long-term care. What is your advice for guarding against them?

Information technology only works if staff is adequately trained

Information technology only works if staff is adequately trained

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Developing a technologically savvy workforce is the secret to a facility's success when it comes to upgrading systems

Researchers: Resident violence in Canada "out of control"

Aides in Canadian nursing homes are being assaulted by residents at "appallingly" high rates, according to university researchers. Physical attacks were made daily against nearly half of workers surveyed, their studied revealed.

Tech toys

The nation's top lawmakers are learning more about new monitoring, personal health record and brain fitness technologies for seniors during a special briefing and demonstration today.Senators from the Special Committee on Aging; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and the Medical Technology Caucus are hosting the event to discuss and explore what type of support is needed to promote technological advances that can help our nation's aging population.

It's about time

Staying on top of the latest products, services and industry trends can be a time-devouring pursuit. But the job just became less time consuming, thanks to our new Web site. Eldercare pros can find many time-saving options. These include a substantially enhanced Directory that makes it easier to locate needed services, plus videos of important suppliers. The latest job openings are also available, as well as immediate access to our Career Guide. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our new site. We think you'll find it's time well spent.

Group outlines roles of long-term care leaders

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Most long-term care professionals are generally aware of the role of medical director. Still, it is common to confuse the duties of the medical director with those of the attending physician.

Thomas Slemmer, AAHSA Board Chairman: Modesty's his policy

Thomas Slemmer, AAHSA Board Chairman: Modesty's his policy

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Don't expect much fanfare when Thomas Slemmer ascends to the chairman's post for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. He is not one to revel in the spotlight.

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Ask the nursing expert

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I am having a hard time getting my licensed staff to be open to the idea of updating their skills. Any ideas?