Management

Standing up for the camel — and your staff

Standing up for the camel — and your staff

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Even the best managers can sometimes inadvertently make jobs more difficult than they have to be, often just out of habit or inattention.

Early is the new on-time

Early is the new on-time

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A trip back to high school this week helped me remind myself, and students, of three of the most important leadership principles for anyone in any profession.

Who takes care of the healthcare worker?

Who takes care of the healthcare worker?

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Like observers of a mother driving herself to exhaustion and sickness by taking care of her children day after day, U.S. providers are seeing measured declines in their caregivers. The numbers reveal just how bad it is.

Control issues: helping patients and staff members after a setback

Control issues: helping patients and staff members after a setback

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If you're a leader at a long-term care facility, you're constantly trying to promote persistence in the face of obstacles. Maybe you're trying to motivate a patient to progress with therapy or a struggling nurse aide to improve on the job. I've got one magic word that could help in this effort: Control.

Game theory in long-term care

Game theory in long-term care

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As many of you know, this is long-term care conference season, which means having a quality smartphone is essentially a must. Since my old phone could best be described as "temperamental," before I headed to AHCA/NCAL I picked up the new Motorola Moto X Android. This phone is so amazing I keep waiting for it to do my laundry. But in the meantime, it makes it tons easier to shoot off emails, use Twitter, shoot video and edit stories. Most importantly, the new phone has Tetris.

Is your workplace healthy?

Is your workplace healthy?

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I'm a big advocate of taking small steps in the direction of change. Perhaps your organization isn't in the position of being able to upgrade the health insurance package or to install an onsite gymnasium for staff members. But here are some manageable actions along the road to creating a psychologically healthy workplace.

naviHealth, Health Alliance team up

naviHealth, a post-acute care management company and Health Alliance (a health plan for 300,000 people in Iowa and Illinois), recently announced an expanded partnership that will provide access to personalized post-acute care for Health Alliance Medicare Advantage members.

Feeling stressed out as a long-term care leader? Guess who has it worse

Feeling stressed out as a long-term care leader? Guess who has it worse

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Being a leader in the long-term care field is no panacea these days. Rank may have privilege, but it also brings with it a wide range of headache-inducing responsibilities.

Clinical Challenges and Renal Considerations in Managing Gout: Part II - EXPIRED

Clinical Challenges and Renal Considerations in Managing Gout: Part II - EXPIRED

This is part II of a three-part series of case-based articles on optimal, evidence-based approaches to the management of gout, an inflammatory arthritis that over the past two decades has doubled in prevalence in the United States. Here, management approaches are outlined for a patient with stage 3 chronic kidney disease and hypertension. He presents with an acute gout flare—an occurrence that is becoming more frequent.

Three labor management practices to improve care, compliance and cost

Three labor management practices to improve care, compliance and cost

Controlling labor costs in long-term care increasingly is important in this environment of tight reimbursements and challenging economic conditions.

Ask the nursing expert: dealing with disorderly RNs

Ask the nursing expert: dealing with disorderly RNs

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Anne Marie Barnett, RN Former President, Maryland NADONA/LTC

Obama issues pro-union orders

Obama issues pro-union orders

President Obama issued a series of pro-labor executive orders Friday, sparking new worries for providers and other employers that even more pro-union action could be forthcoming.

Job satisfaction latest nurse recruitment tool

Nursing homes may want to turn their attention to hospitals, which are trying a new method to retain and recruit nurses. Instead of offering financial incentives, they're improving job satisfaction, according to The Washington Post.

Golden Living names Dr. Neil Kurtz second CEO

Golden Living names Dr. Neil Kurtz second CEO

The nation's second largest nursing-home chain has turned to a physician with deep experience in pharmaceutical research and delivery to become its new chief executive. Neil Kurtz, M.D., will become Golden Living's president and CEO on Aug. 29, the company announced Tuesday.

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?

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

IT'S HERE! McKnight's Online Expo kicks off with sessions on innovation, market trends and Medicare maximization

IT'S HERE! McKnight's Online Expo kicks off with sessions on innovation, market trends and Medicare maximization

Senior care's first online trade show and educational meeting returns this morning, with three diverse sessions. Individuals can still sign up for their cost-free look and listen regarding the nationally respected line-up of presenters and suppliers. Simply go to www.mcknights.com to register for access.

Nursing school admissions continue to rise

Admission and graduation rates from U.S. nursing schools increased in 2006, according to an annual survey by the National League of Nursing. The poll of diploma- and degree-granting institutions revealed a 5% hike in new students and 8.5% rise in degrees granted.

Ask the nursing expert

Ask the nursing expert

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As a DON, I oversee more than just the nursing department. I am responsible for most areas of the interdisciplinary team. Any ideas on how to manage this team efficiently?

Leading with heart

Leading with heart

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Robyn I. Stone: Executive Director, Institute for the Future of Aging Services, AAHSA

The right move

The right move

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Hurricane Katrina forced nursing homes to rethink emergency transportation - and make the federal government take notice.

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.

New health-records project targets long-term care

The foundation of a health records association launched a project geared specifically to nursing homes.

An IT essential

An IT essential

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When it comes to protecting information technology, asset management is not an optional task, technology experts say

Manganos' verdict hardly a bright shining moment

Manganos' verdict hardly a bright shining moment

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Exactly six months ago in this space I wrote that the trial of Sal and Mabel Mangano could turn out to be an excellent opportunity for them, and nursing homes in general, to shine. Dire circumstances often are the best proving ground for joyous turnarounds.

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.

Salaries increase for DONs, administrators

Salaries increase for DONs, administrators

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Good nursing leaders are a hot commodity - at least if the most recently compiled salary findings are to be believed.

Shame is powerful motivator

Shame is powerful motivator

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About a decade ago, I wrote a controversial column that offended some readers. In it, I suggested the industry start policing itself by identifying and reprimanding the bad actors in this field, lest the government feel compelled to intervene.

Ask the nursing expert

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?