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Answers to lingering questions about PBJ

Answers to lingering questions about PBJ

Even though the Payroll-Based Journal kick-off was last Friday, it's understandable that questions still cloud this new process. It behooves providers to get up to speed and become better informed as soon as possible.

The need for semi-skilled workers in LTC

The need for semi-skilled workers in LTC

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What do the meat and poultry industry and long-term care have in common, other than often dealing with turkeys? It turns out both have challenges in hiring semi-skilled workers, which is addressed in a bill proposed last week by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

Leading past the younger generation's bad rap

Leading past the younger generation's bad rap

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It seems that now more than any other time I can remember, people younger than I am are getting a bad rap. Is it deserved? Some thoughts on that, and how we can be good leaders to work around such problems.

The robot revolution

The robot revolution

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Every once in awhile, I come across a research report that falls into what I like to call the "duh" category. These are the studies that announce the "scientific breakthrough" of something that just seems to me like common sense. The latest study to trigger my duh alarm came with this headline: "Senior citizens may accept robot helpers, but fear robot masters."

Why the field's biggest problem is not going away anytime soon

Why the field's biggest problem is not going away anytime soon

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There are many serious problems in long-term care: funding, regulations, legal concerns, staffing and more. But none of these is the biggest.

Solution to workforce woes in providers' own hands

Solution to workforce woes in providers' own hands

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Former baseball executive Branch Rickey is famous for bringing Jackie Robinson to the Major Leagues to break the color barrier in 1947. It is especially noteworthy since this is Black History Month, but providers should admire Rickey for another reason as well.

Don't fear the millennials

Don't fear the millennials

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When you're a young person who began mulling career choices in the midst of the Great Recession, and then went on to pick a profession lovingly referred to as "dying," odds are you'll go to great lengths to ensure that you have a stable job upon college graduation.

Interviewing — and hiring — millennials

Interviewing — and hiring — millennials

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There's a running joke at McKnight's about an interview I conducted with a millennial last year in which the candidate, on a Skype interview, wore a suit. This was notable given how most Skype candidates had opted for a casual look.

Jan. 28 webinar gives strategies for workforce challenges

Jan. 28 webinar gives strategies for workforce challenges

Workforce shortages, high turnover rates, wage pressures and Payroll-Based Journal reporting mandates will be the focus of a special McKnight's webinar on Jan. 28.

Let the people go to work

Let the people go to work

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The news that Pennsylvania may have to loosen its ban on those with criminal histories working in nursing homes could seem scary, but is actually good news.

What were they thinking?

What were they thinking?

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Whenever stories cross our radar involving nursing home staff posting inappropriate videos or photos of residents on social media, as they have frequently in recent months, one question is bound to follow: What on earth were they thinking?

7 employee wellness ideas for the holidays (and beyond)

7 employee wellness ideas for the holidays (and beyond)

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After a staff training on reducing burnout in long-term care last week, a look through the evaluation forms was illuminating. A significant number of attendees — mostly nursing aides, nurses, and environmental workers — wrote that the most valuable point they got from the training was how important it was to take time for themselves, even if it was for just a few minutes.

The curious case of the disappearing CNA

The curious case of the disappearing CNA

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In high school, I had a job working in the foodservice industry, which I strongly believe should be a mandatory part of the teenage experience. It might have helped a recently fired nurses' aide, though probably not for the reason you might be thinking.

Nursing shortage might not be as dire as feared

Nursing shortage might not be as dire as feared

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For the past decade, healthcare experts, including those in long-term care, have been drumming the beat of a looming nursing shortage. A new study details why the shortage might not be as terrible as feared.

Left with the geraniums

Left with the geraniums

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Some things probably shouldn't require a law. Kittens shouldn't be water-boarded. Toddlers shouldn't have to work in coal mines, at least not in the dark or winter. Seniors in long-term care facilities should get some personal attention. But in the Netherlands, legislation is what it's coming to.

Getting good at goodbyes

Getting good at goodbyes

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It's fairly likely that one or more of your employees will be leaving soon. That's why you need to read this. It will make your organization healthier, and in ways you might have never imagined.

Online Expo, free CE credits around the corner

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Providers have an outstanding chance to polish their knowledge and skills in three key areas of long-term care Wednesday. McKnight's 3rd Annual Fall Online Expo features nationally respected speakers addressing staffing, payment and quality delivery issues. All events, including up to three continuing education credits are free.

From volume to value: The conversation now applies to staffing

From volume to value: The conversation now applies to staffing

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It's all you hear about in healthcare today: from Volume to Value. With the July 30 release of the PPS proposed rule, we see how this discussion now applies to staffing.

Stop with the Snapchats, already!

Stop with the Snapchats, already!

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It looks like Snapchat will take the crown in this week's edition of "What Smartphone App Is Causing Providers Grief Now?!" (Yelp won that distinction last week, for those keeping score at home).

A tisket, a tasket ... No LPNs in the RN basket

A tisket, a tasket ... No LPNs in the RN basket

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Reporting direct care hours is nothing new, but the Affordable Care Act takes it to the next level with mandatory quarterly electronic submission of staffing and census data. This focus on staffing ratios should not come as a surprise — but you could be in for a shock if you don't pay attention to your details.

Lessons from Yolanda

Lessons from Yolanda

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Long-term care has far too many professionals with a depth and range of skill and training that the public almost never gets to see.

What's more frightening than the nursing shortage? What's driving it

What's more frightening than the nursing shortage? What's driving it

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To better appreciate this sector's alarming nurse-staffing nightmare, it's helpful to recall the warden's famous line in Cool Hand Luke: "What we've got here is failure to communicate.

Great associates are sought from the top down

Great associates are sought from the top down

A prosperous community environment beginning with the top leadership is something that many organizations tout, but here at La Posada, a community in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, it's something that we truly live by.

Officials: More additions and rebasings of nursing home ratings to come

Officials: More additions and rebasings of nursing home ratings to come

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Nearly one-third of the nation's skilled nursing facilities lost a rating star due purely to administrative changes Friday, when regulators also emphasized that more quality measures will be added next year — when another round of Five Star scores rebasing also could take place.

Dangerous work with low pay, and we wonder why they leave?

Dangerous work with low pay, and we wonder why they leave?

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Researchers have concluded that workers are leaving the field in droves. The two main culprits: poor wages and dangerous work conditions.

Taking a look at where we look for LTC talent

Taking a look at where we look for LTC talent

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It would appear that long-term care executives are shooting themselves in the foot when it comes to hiring.

Getting the right staff: Drug screening in focus

A webinar focusing on employment screening — and drug screening in particular — will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday. The hour-long session will discuss the law in this area, as well as cautions, concerns and steps how to implement an effective and appropriate testing program.

NM uses unique tactics to sue nursing home chain over care, staffing issues

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Providers nationwide will be anxiously watching to see if there is traction in a lawsuit filed by the New Mexico attorney general alleging insufficient staffing made proper care impossible. Outgoing Attorney General Gary King sued seven nursing homes operated by Preferred Care Partners Management Group on Friday.

Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding

Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding

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Special surveys to determine Minimum Data Set coding accuracy and nursing home staffing levels will occur nationwide in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in an Oct. 31 memorandum. A five-state pilot of the focused surveys concluded in August, and there were deficiencies reported on 24 out of 25, according to CMS.

Increasing staff-to-patient ratios improves nurse safety, researchers find

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A law setting mandatory nurse-to-patient staffing ratios has reduced the number of workplace injuries for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in California, according to recently published findings.

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