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Why the new 'Best Workplaces in Aging Services' list matters so much

Why the new 'Best Workplaces in Aging Services' list matters so much

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Providers around the country should share the enthusiasm for Fortune magazine's new "Best Workplaces in Aging Services" list. All of them will benefit from the good vibes the list will generate.

Fortune magazine to publish 'Best Workplaces in Aging Services' list

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Top long-term care providers and other aging services entities will rise to new national prominence next September. That's when Fortune magazine will publish its first "Best Workplaces in Aging Services" list.

 Regarding working, with help from Google

Regarding working, with help from Google

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It's worth checking out Google's blog, "re: Work," which shares tools and documents used by Google managers, all for free.

The angry hippo writes

The angry hippo writes

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Don't you just hate it when you're having a bad, horrible, rotten, unpleasant day, when you're maybe feeling a little irritated or resentful or hurt or afraid, and then somebody comes along so relentlessly positive and cheerful that you almost want to throw him off the Hertz airport shuttle bus?

The high cost of rudeness

The high cost of rudeness

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Given the stresses of caregiving and the complexities of human relationships, incivility happens. But considering the potential impact of rudeness on care, we need to do more to understand and prevent rudeness when we can. Here's how to start.

It's hard work having this much fun

It's hard work having this much fun

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Being a leader means allowing the work to happen in an environment that's exciting and fun. I believe too many people simply choose to be miserable.

You want culture change? Stop complaining

You want culture change? Stop complaining

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Things have been kind of tough lately, haven't they? And they're probably going to get tougher, right? If you have thought or possibly mouthed those words yourself, stop. Just stop. Quit your complaining ... for one day at least.

Practical tips for improving frontline staff morale

Practical tips for improving frontline staff morale

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Long-term care leaders often realize their team members are stressed, but they don't know what to do to encourage them. This can lead to very bad situations.

Slighted workers may be killing you softly

Slighted workers may be killing you softly

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It's a rare facility that doesn't promise job prospects stability, a chance to grow and a supportive work environment. But what happens when an employee feels such promises are merely lip service?

New Year, new choice

New Year, new choice

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People have wondered if I was awake to welcome the New Year. I think it's another way to find out if I'm old, like one of those trick long-term care job interview questions that would be illegal if you asked it directly. In fact, plenty of important questions need answers.

Use 'nudge principles' to prompt staff

Use 'nudge principles' to prompt staff

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We all can use practice harnessing "less laudatory traits," such as short-sightedness, inertia, inflated optimism and our tendency to submit to peer pressure. Especially for our work. Here's how.

We all need to breathe

We all need to breathe

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Recently, I was at an event where the Pledge of Allegiance was said and started to really concentrate on the words. I asked myself: Are we really one nation, with liberty and justice for all? Why is it so important we ask ourselves this? Because our facilities really are the most diverse workplaces I know.

Most creative excuses given not to work

Most creative excuses given not to work

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Every year I like to ask: What do you feel is the most imaginative call-out you received this past year? We're totally into interactive blogging, so please note yours below. We had some doozies when I asked this before. Check out some I've heard recently.

10 reasons I'm thankful to work in LTC

10 reasons I'm thankful to work in LTC

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I owe a lot of my blessings to working in long-term care, and my LTC career is a blessing in itself. You might have some of these same feelings.

Nursing facilities rank fifth in most dangerous workplaces

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Nursing facilities are the most dangerous workplace in Maine and the fifth most dangerous workplace in the U.S., according to a new study from an insurance company.

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.

Conflict perceptions change based on gender, study says

Conflict perceptions change based on gender, study says

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Women involved in workplace disputes are believed to be less likely to repair their relationship, a new study finds.

Five factors influence nurse turnover, report suggests

Up to 5% of a facility's budget can go toward costs associated with nurse turnover. But there are five factors researchers have identified that could contribute to a reduction in turnover and increase both job satisfaction and, by extension, patient care.

Number of nursing home beds, residents decreasing, report finds

Number of nursing home beds, residents decreasing, report finds

The number of both nursing home beds and nursing home residents in the United States declined between 1999 and 2004, according to the recently released results of the National Nursing Home Survey: 2004 Overview.

Association disputes findings in recent survey on CNAs in long-term care

Association disputes findings in recent survey on CNAs in long-term care

The American Health Care Association Wednesday took aim at a recent government-issued survey that revealed a high rate of workplace injuries among certified nursing assistants in long-term care. The survey also found that wages for CNAs are failing to improve.

Satisfaction among nursing home consumers, employees continues to rise, survey finds

Nursing home consumers are more satisfied than they have been since 2005. Meanwhile, workforce satisfaction is at its highest level since 2006. That is according to a new survey by the research firm My InnerView.

More than 50% of nursing home CNAs injured at work last year, some uninsured, new study finds

More than 50% of nursing home CNAs injured at work last year, some uninsured, new study finds

More than half of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) working in nursing homes sustained at least one work-related injury last year. Also, many reported being unable to afford employer-sponsored health insurance, according to a new federally funded survey.

Specter becomes Democrat, but still opposes card check

Specter becomes Democrat, but still opposes card check

Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, one of the most visible opponents of the Employee Free Choice Act, has announced he will be leaving the Republican Party to caucus with the Democrats. But don't expect a change of opinion toward the card-check bill, he says.

News analysis: Support for card check varies depending on the poll

Parties on each side of the card-check issue are proving adept at swaying the masses, according to a recent news analysis. But it's hard to know which poll figures to trust.

Legislation tightening labor laws for nursing home workers introduced in New Brunswick, Canada

Nursing home workers and union officials in New Brunswick, Canada, are scrambling to respond to legislation introduced Tuesday that would declare private nursing home employees "essential," severely limiting their ability to strike.

New predictive tool for C. difficile 77% effective

Recurrent cases of C. difficile present healthcare workers with a significant challenge. Now doctors at Harvard Medical School have developed a way to accurately predict who is at risk for the infection.

Card-check alternatives gaining ground with lawmakers

Last week, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced that he might not support current union "card-check" legislation. Since then, a number of alternative labor reform plans have begun to gain popularity.

Specter plans vote against card-check legislation, threatening bill's passage

Nursing homes likely are cheering after Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) said Tuesday he would vote against the Employee Free Choice Act, also known as the card-check bill. His veto could effectively end the bill's chance at passing.

Bill would grant states money to pay for background checks for nursing home employees

(Editor's note: In an earlier version of this story, we reported that providers would be responsible for paying for fees associated with employee background checks. That is not necessarily the case. A revised and updated version of the story follows.) The Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act of 2009, which was reintroduced in the Senate this week by Sens. Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), would expand upon a seven-state pilot program that instituted federal background checks for potential nursing home employees.

Study: Nursing home specialists could improve workforce, quality problems

Creating a new medical specialty designed to meet the needs of nursing home residents could help address long-term care workforce and quality-of-care issues, some geriatrics experts recently suggested.