Sherrie Dornberger, Author at McKnight's Long Term Care News

Sherrie Dornberger

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Sherrie Dornberger

Ask the care expert: How to develop a great leader?

I am trying to encourage some of my newly hired nurses who definitely show the early signs of becoming a great leader. Do you have any tips? With the average age of the RN being near retirement age in the next few years, every nurse really needs to recruit someone into nursing. I would suggest…

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We always have difficulty getting extra fluids into our residents during these hot summer and fall months, any suggestions? Getting fluids into elderly residents is  something my facility struggled with every summer and fall. We started by asking activities to serve small cups of juice or water. Some of the activities staff have wonderful relationships…

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As a new DON, I have instructed my staff to remove, rinse and reuse colostomy bags. Do you agree? As a person who has a colostomy, I do not agree with reusing bags. I choose to use a one-piece system. Therefore, I empty my pouch and flush what I have emptied. I use a baby…

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Ask The Care Expert

We are having an outbreak of Candida auris in my facility. Is this a problem in other skilled care facilities? Candidemia, a bloodstream infection with Candida, is a common infection in hospitalized patients. Unlike Candida infections in the mouth and throat (also called “thrush”) or vaginal “yeast infections,” invasive candidiasis is a serious infection that…

Ask The Care Expert: Supporting nurses

As a new nurse leader, what can I do to support my facility’s nurses? I don’t have a budget for this. I totally get what you are asking, and it is a proven fact that nurses who feel supported have less turnover, and less turnover produces a higher quality of care for the residents under…

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