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.
A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania used a survey tool called the Maslach Burnout Inventory to analyse nurse burn out, or what they defined as a "burnout nurse". Now, if you ask, me, just look around any hospital or especially any nursing home and you don't need a survey tool to tell you that you're working your average nursing staff to death.
Comedienne Tig Notaro — from what I've been able to glean in my relatively brief history as a fan of her comedy — does not appear to have any connection with the long-term care industry. But in listening to her now famous standup act that announced her diagnosis of breast cancer, I had a feeling many in the LTC field would welcome her as one of their own.
So we all know that nurse have a love-hate relationship with "medical shows" on TV. The good news is there is at least one thing to love.
A proposed reclassification of painkillers is one more example of how the long-term care setting gets left out of policy discussions, and frail elders will pay the price.
Anyone who works in long-term care or aging services — or who writes about it every day — likes to see headlines like this: "Sexual satisfaction highest in oldest, youngest women, study says." Headlines and research in that vein appeal to us for a couple reasons.
OK, so we all know that the pressure ulcers always form in the ambulance on the way back to your facility from the hospital. It's ALL YOUR FAULT. Bad, LTC, bad!