If there's one critical tool to becoming an exceptional leader, it's not drive, smarts or even likeability. It's the ability to listen.
What type of nurse leadership style works best, and how does it affect quality of care and outcomes?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
I have three leadership positions open in my facility and I just can't seem to find what I am looking for. Any suggestions?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chairmen of three House committees Friday released a draft outline of healthcare reform legislation as Democrats push to pass a bill by August.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Obama's budget plan for fiscal year 2010, which he plans to release today, would trim $316 billion over 10 years from Medicare.
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.
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.
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.
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.