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Putting a conference in the happiest place

Putting a conference in the happiest place

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Far and away, the most pleasant conference experience I have had was in Anaheim, CA, last week, where NADONA held its annual conference. That is because of the Disney experience, and the fact it brings both customer service and attending conferences into focus.

Tackling nurse bullying

Tackling nurse bullying

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In a session on bullying among nurses at NADONA's annual conference this week, audience members were invited to say how they felt when a supervisor yelled at them. I heard "embarrassed," "disparaged," and "incompetent." But one other word stuck with me: "scary."

QAPI success requires nurse leadership, expert says

QAPI success requires nurse leadership, expert says

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The most important leadership decision in a Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement plan is not what, but who, to include, a former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official said Tuesday.

Medication administration top issue for directors of nursing

Medication administration top issue for directors of nursing

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Pain management for residents at the end-of-life, antipsychotic use in dementia residents and medication for epileptic residents were all hot issues tackled during the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care annual conference Monday.

NADONA members head to Disneyland

Members of the National Association Directors of Nursing Administration / Long Term Care will be gathering in Anaheim, CA, this weekend for their "Magic of LTC" conference.

Profile: Faith in nursing and family

Profile: Faith in nursing and family

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As the youngest of four children in a small rural town in Minnesota, Neal Larson grew up in a tight-knit circle where hard work and putting family first were cherished values.

Practice sessions can pay off during surveys, expert claims

Practice sessions can pay off during surveys, expert claims

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Directors of nursing need to lead their employees through survey practice sessions in order to achieve peak success, a long-term care expert said at the annual National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care conference.

  Practice makes perfect for state surveyor visits

Practice makes perfect for state surveyor visits

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A visit from state surveyors should be seen as a chance to "put on a show," a long-term care expert says.

Long-term care nurse training, retention need boost, executive says

Long-term care nurse training, retention need boost, executive says

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Finding and training qualified nurses remains one of the field's top challenges, the head of a top senior care nurses' group said Monday.

Directors of nursing rolling the dice with annual meeting

The National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care is gathering members for five days of education, networking and socializing at Caeser's Palace in Las Vegas. The meeting starts Saturday and includes an opening General Session on Sunday and exhibit hours Monday and Tuesday mornings. With a theme of "In it to win it!" the conference will offer up to 30 hours of continuing education credit. A full array of clinical, regulatory and management topics will be covered.

We're all in this together

We're all in this together

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Most people around my age have relatively little experience with long-term care. Still, how many times has someone said to you something to the effect of, "Ugh, I could never do what you do. How depressing."

Extremely goal-oriented

Extremely goal-oriented

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Of the many remarkable moments in Aysha Kuhlor's life, one of the biggest arrived in 1994. She went to a party in New York City a week before she was planning to go back to London, where she had a job and was in nursing school. She met a man named Francis. They were married six weeks later. As to why she agreed to stay in the United States and get married, "I think it was all the promises," Kuhlor says, laughing.

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?

ZPICs: Dangerous and ready to take down providers

ZPICs: Dangerous and ready to take down providers

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Healthcare reform: No matter how much you may loathe it, there's no way around how certain ideas, like pay for performance, aren't going away.

NADONA's annual gathering of long-term care directors of nursing begins Saturday in Nashville

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"In Tune With The Challenge of Excellence" is the theme of at the 25th annual NADONA conference Saturday through Wednesday in Nashville. The National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care will hold numerous educational sessions and host exhibit hours at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Featured guests will include the Tigerettes, the seven-time women's Senior Olympic gold medal basketball winners, from Baton Rouge, LA, and Brett Eldredge, the country singer/songwriter popular for his long-term care oriented song "Raymond."

Successfully decreasing antipsychotics use

Successfully decreasing antipsychotics use

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If you're wondering if anyone outside the profession is paying attention to the antipsychotics-use debate in long-term care, allow me to direct your attention to Boston.

Survey: Most nursing home administrators say background checks are helpful, efficient

Survey: Most nursing home administrators say background checks are helpful, efficient

Criminal background checks have not been found to significantly limit the quantity or quality of candidates for nursing home jobs, a top nursing home advocate says. A recent government survey of nursing home administrators paints an accurate picture of what once was forecast as a contentious issues, LeadingAge Director of Advocacy Information Barbara Gay told McKnight's Wednesday.

NADONA announces Arnicar as new president; Dornberger named executive director

NADONA announces Arnicar as new president; Dornberger named executive director

The National Association of Directors of Nursing / Long Term Care late Friday announced its new leadership slate for the coming year. Robin Arnicar was elected president in electronic balloting that concluded in late December. In addition, the Cincinnati-based group removed the "interim" label and named Sherrie Dornberger its executive director.

Geriatrics conference to address long-term care issues for nurses, physicians and others

The Regional Geriatrics Medical Conference of the Year is being held through Sunday at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Jointly sponsored by the American Medical Directors Association and local chapters of AMDA, ACHCA, NADONA and the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, the conference features nearly two dozen educational sessions. Major geriatric diseases, illnesses and risks found in nursing home and assisted living residents will be targeted.

Nurse managers converge in Florida at annual meeting to explore long-term care issues

"Believe in your magic!" is the theme of the 24th annual conference for the National Association Directors of Nursing Administration / Long-Term Care, which takes place Saturday through Wednesday in Kissimmee, FL. Attendees will explore hands-on caregiving and policy issues directly affecting today's LTC nurses, with multiple continuing education tracks available. MDS 3.0, culture change, human resources, wound care, infection control, a "DON Boot Camp" and "Documentation tips to keep you out of jail" are key topics that will be addressed.

Providers hail nursing home eligibility in ACOs

Provider groups are applauding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed accountable care organization regulations, which would allow nursing homes to participate.

Long-term care nurse managers to tackle MDS 3.0, pain treatment, hot administration issues and more at annual NADONA meeting

The nation's top organization for long-term care nurse managers will hold its annual meeting Saturday through Wednesday in Atlanta. Upcoming changes to the Minimum Data Set, as well as major management and treatment issues will be major topics among the dozens of educational sessions offered.

Nurse administrators meet to hone survey skills, examine culture change

Directors of nursing are going to be told from Saturday to Wednesday that they "can do whatever they put their mind to" at the annual meeting of the National Association Directors of Nursing Administration / Long-Term Care, organizers say. Themed "Mission Possible," the meeting takes place in Phoenix and will feature workshops focusing on Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) surveys, culture change and Quality Indicator Surveys (QIS). The keynote speaker will be LeAnn Thieman, co-author of "Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul."

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