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Stefanie Doyle

Nursing home vaccine requirements are coming. What happens next?

The new federal vaccine mandate for nursing home staff, expected to be issued later this month, will apply to nearly 15,000 nursing home facilities, which employ approximately 1.6 million workers and serve approximately 1.3 million residents.  The new policy is designed to address vaccine hesitancy among nursing home staff and decrease the number of outbreaks…

Grateful? Make a list

While walking reluctantly into our place of long-term care employment yesterday, a colleague and I started talking sarcastically about how delighted we were to be alive and at work. We didn’t mean a word of it, and there was a lot of laughter and eye-rolling as we mockingly added items to our verbal gratefulness list. …

How to keep working in LTC (when you’re not sure how much more you can take)

When I speak to long-term care groups, whether to those in leadership positions or to direct care staff, it’s clear that virtually all the audience members have been drawn to the industry because of their love of elders. The travails of the past year and a half, however, have likely depleted the energy and enthusiasm…

The impact of supervisor support on the job satisfaction of immigrant and minority LTC workers

The long-term care workforce is growing increasingly diverse. Immigrant and minority workers make up a significant proportion of the long-term care workforce and may be influential in filling these positions in the future. Given the growing diversity of the long-term care workforce, it is both timely and pertinent to examine how job satisfaction may be…

Words matter more than ever

One of my favorite quotes is from the author of “Kitchen Table Wisdom.” Rachel Naomi Remen often writes about storytelling as a vital process to the sharing of knowledge and to gain renewal.  “Everybody has a story. When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories,” she shared. “We do…

FEES please: Understanding instrumental swallowing assessments

Dysphagia is a swallowing disorder involving the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus or gastroesophageal junction.  Consequences of dysphagia include malnutrition and dehydration, aspiration pneumonia, compromised general health, chronic lung disease, choking and even death. Conservative estimates suggest that dysphagia rates may be: As low as 3% in U.S. inpatients aged 45 years or older to as…

Nobody won yet

King Kong and Godzilla faced off above the city skyline.  With his teeth, Godzilla rips a hunk from the skyscraper, flinging it in Kong’s direction. Kong bats it away, sending it spinning down onto the city streets below where mere humans, trapped in the drama, scurry helplessly.  It’s been like that. Keeping up with the…

Suck rubber!

OK, so this has to be the oddest title of any of my blogs. But it’s something this incredible speaker (Calvin Stovall) said during his keynote speech at the recent National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA/LTC) conference in Niagara Falls. He mentioned white water rafting. All rapids are rated on a “class” scale…

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