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The "leading cause of death" for LTC leaders

The "leading cause of death" for LTC leaders

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Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes a list of the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States. Presumably, one goal in publishing the data is to alert us of the hidden dangers, and ultimate outcome, certain lifestyle choices can have on our life. After assisting with the recruitment, training, and development of over 100 administrators-in-training in recent years, I've had an intimate view into what leads to their successes and also what has led to failures.

Ask the nursing expert ... about preparing for survey visits

Ask the nursing expert ... about preparing for survey visits

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Q: There's an upcoming survey visit in my facility. Any suggestions on how to calm the atmosphere? A: The director of nursing sets the tone for the nursing department. Be even more present on your units; check about patients and systems with a tone of both inquiry and support.

Leadership, leader, mentor...what do these terms mean?

Leadership, leader, mentor...what do these terms mean?

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Day in and day out, people are focused on their daily routine. They take care of what they need to do and sometimes don't look further than their current role. No matter whom we are or what our career, we all need leaders and mentors both privately and professionally in our lives. Our parents, our friends, our supervisors, our peers; these are just a few of the groups of people that represent leaders and mentors.

It's a struggle to survive in long-term care, and maybe that's a good thing

It's a struggle to survive in long-term care, and maybe that's a good thing

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We live in a nation that worships people associated with success. We tend to name buildings, highways and even states after such high-level achievers. Perhaps rightfully so. They are the few who show the rest of us what the so-called right stuff is all about.

Ask the nursing expert ... about dealing with workplace 'sabotage'

Ask the nursing expert ... about dealing with workplace 'sabotage'

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My ADON, although smiling and seemingly cooperative, talks about me behind my back and is very critical of my leadership. It's creating an atmosphere of tension and conflict. Do you have any new reference tools to address this issue?

I couldn't live without ... COMS Interactive nursing assessments and data monitoring

I couldn't live without ... COMS Interactive nursing assessments and data monitoring

Comprehensive nursing assessments and data monitoring tools from COMS Interactive provide critical help to the CommuniCare Family of Companies, according to Chief Medical Officer Matthew Wayne, M.D.

Ask the nursing expert ... about filling leadership positions

Ask the nursing expert ... about filling leadership positions

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I have three leadership positions open in my facility and I just can't seem to find what I am looking for. Any suggestions?

Increasing quality of the AIT experience

Increasing quality of the AIT experience

Nursing home quality reflects to a significant degree, its leadership - the expertise and commitment of the administrators in charge of leading person-centered organizations. The "Administrator-in-Training" (AIT) or "practicum" experience serves as an essential educational component, facilitating the transition from student to leader, and research has suggested that this AIT experience is critical to the effective development of health care administrator competencies.

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.

Quality the focus of AHCA/NCAL symposium Feb. 23-24

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The nation's largest nursing home association and its sister assisted living group will be putting quality practices for long-term care operators under the microscope next Thursday and Friday in Houston. The 4th Annual AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium features a premium first-day session with university researchers Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D., and Jo A. Taylor, B.S.N., M.P.H. Keynote speakers at the closing general session will be former AHCA Board Chair Mary Ousley, RN, and one-time forklift operator Bob Murphy, Esq., RN, FACHE, a well-known operations expert. AHCA also will hold a Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday, preceding the symposium.

Going back to servant leadership

Going back to servant leadership

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I have to wonder why, when some people get in a "power" position, they kind of turn into real ... dictators. We've all seen it, everyone from the nursing assistant who gets promoted to mentor "newbies," to CEOs of large associations or corporations, to some in political positions. Maybe they feel serving their own needs outweighs others.

Association rolling dice with 'new' approach for nurses: earning certification at the show

The American Association for Long Term Care Nursing is testing a "new" approach at its annual conference next Thursday and Friday in Las Vegas. Nurses will be able to attend a traditional conference and exhibition AND fulfill requirements for certification at the same time. Certification requirements can be fulfilled for Director of Nursing in Long Term Care, Long Term Care Staff Development Specialist, and Long Term Care Safety Specialist.

California healthcare union struggle continues, SEIU accused of using anti-union tactics

The battle appears to be raging on over representation of California's healthcare workers. Recent reports indicate that as part of its strategy to win, the Service Employees International Union may be resorting to anti-organization tactics it once railed against.

House committees release healthcare reform plan outline

Chairmen of three House committees Friday released a draft outline of healthcare reform legislation as Democrats push to pass a bill by August.

Republicans hammer away at HELP plan, introduce reform measure

Republicans hammer away at HELP plan, introduce reform measure

Republicans have offered their own version of healthcare reform as they continue to criticize legislation from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP).

Some believe Kennedy's absence from Washington may affect outcome of healthcare reform

While Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) is considered the architect of the Affordable Health Choices Act bill, he was not on Capitol Hill when the pivotal bill was introduced Tuesday. Some wonder if his notable absence--due to cancer--will slow down the healthcare reform process or change its final result.

Daschle still playing part in healthcare reform effort

Although he failed in his bid to become secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Daschle is by no measure out of the game. The former Senate Majority Leader is still taking an active and important role in the healthcare reform debate.

Pelosi: House to craft healthcare reform bill by July

Pelosi: House to craft healthcare reform bill by July

The House of Representatives will have a healthcare reform bill to vote on by the end of July, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Wednesday. She made the announcement alongside President Barack Obama and other leading Democratic representatives at the White House.

Obama's fiscal year 2010 budget to push for more oversight of Medicare, Medicaid

Details of President Obama's budget proposal for FY 2010 will be unveiled this Thursday, and early reports indicate there will be some new proposals for Medicare & Medicaid.

Political leaders offer various healthcare reform solutions

Over the weekend, five of the nation's leading voices on healthcare reform submitted essays to politico.com expressing their own opinions on the ongoing debate. And while their individual ideas may differ, they all agree the time is ripe for healthcare reform.

Sebelius named HHS secretary, faces swine flu challenge

The Senate late Tuesday confirmed Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The approval comes as the country grapples with a growing swine flu threat.

Senate Finance Committee approves Sebelius for top spot at HHS

By a 15-8 vote Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee confirmed the nomination of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) for the role of secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The full Senate is expected to vote on her confirmation soon, though no date has been officially set.

Long-term care reform hearing focuses on dual eligibles, home-based services

Public and private sector officials convened Wednesday to discuss the important role long-term care reform could play in a grander, overall healthcare reform scheme.

Obama budget would cut $316 billion over 10 years from Medicare

President Obama's budget plan for fiscal year 2010, which he plans to release today, would trim $316 billion over 10 years from Medicare.

State Medicaid cuts enacting tolls on low-income people, including elderly

State Medicaid cuts enacting tolls on low-income people, including elderly

Even as Congress considers a stimulus package that would increase the federal medical assistance percentage by $87 billion, half of all states have either enacted or proposed significant reductions to Medicaid services, according to recent reports.

Obama, Congress hammer away at economic stimulus package

Obama, Congress hammer away at economic stimulus package

President Barack Obama and Congress have been making headway on a major economic stimulus package. They aim to pass it during the first 100 days of the new administration.

SEIU ensnared in political corruption case involving Gov. Blagojevich

SEIU ensnared in political corruption case involving Gov. Blagojevich

The Service Employees International Union, the largest union for healthcare workers, was named in a federal criminal complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) last week.

States mull cutting Medicaid, other programs to stop spiraling deficits

States mull cutting Medicaid, other programs to stop spiraling deficits

As the economic crisis continues, the long-term care community is bracing for states to slash Medicaid as one way to reduce steep budget shortfalls this coming year. New York could be one such state.

Economic initiatives may precede healthcare reform when Obama takes office, experts say

Economic initiatives may precede healthcare reform when Obama takes office, experts say

President-elect Barack Obama has laid out ambitious proposals in the area of healthcare reform. But such reform initially might be put on the back burner because of pressing economic concerns, industry observers say.

Urge Congress to pass stimulus package, former senator tells policy experts

Urge Congress to pass stimulus package, former senator tells policy experts

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey told a panel of state and federal long-term care policy experts to push Congress to pass a stimulus package before the new Congress convenes.

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