I have heard nursing leaders refer to their nursing staff as their children. I think this can be good if it is in the context that your staff is like family. But I think it can be damaging if you feel you need to "parent" your staff.
Even the best managers can sometimes inadvertently make jobs more difficult than they have to be, often just out of habit or inattention.
A trip back to high school this week helped me remind myself, and students, of three of the most important leadership principles for anyone in any profession.
Like observers of a mother driving herself to exhaustion and sickness by taking care of her children day after day, U.S. providers are seeing measured declines in their caregivers. The numbers reveal just how bad it is.
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.
As many of you know, this is long-term care conference season, which means having a quality smartphone is essentially a must. Since my old phone could best be described as "temperamental," before I headed to AHCA/NCAL I picked up the new Motorola Moto X Android. This phone is so amazing I keep waiting for it to do my laundry. But in the meantime, it makes it tons easier to shoot off emails, use Twitter, shoot video and edit stories. Most importantly, the new phone has Tetris.
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.
naviHealth, a post-acute care management company and Health Alliance (a health plan for 300,000 people in Iowa and Illinois), recently announced an expanded partnership that will provide access to personalized post-acute care for Health Alliance Medicare Advantage members.
Being a leader in the long-term care field is no panacea these days. Rank may have privilege, but it also brings with it a wide range of headache-inducing responsibilities.
This is part II of a three-part series of case-based articles on optimal, evidence-based approaches to the management of gout, an inflammatory arthritis that over the past two decades has doubled in prevalence in the United States. Here, management approaches are outlined for a patient with stage 3 chronic kidney disease and hypertension. He presents with an acute gout flare—an occurrence that is becoming more frequent.
Controlling labor costs in long-term care increasingly is important in this environment of tight reimbursements and challenging economic conditions.
Anne Marie Barnett, RN Former President, Maryland NADONA/LTC
President Obama issued a series of pro-labor executive orders Friday, sparking new worries for providers and other employers that even more pro-union action could be forthcoming.
Nursing homes may want to turn their attention to hospitals, which are trying a new method to retain and recruit nurses. Instead of offering financial incentives, they're improving job satisfaction, according to The Washington Post.
The nation's second largest nursing-home chain has turned to a physician with deep experience in pharmaceutical research and delivery to become its new chief executive. Neil Kurtz, M.D., will become Golden Living's president and CEO on Aug. 29, the company announced Tuesday.
Any suggestions as to how to follow up in an efficient manner after I delegate duties?
Developing a technologically savvy workforce is the secret to a facility's success when it comes to upgrading systems
IT'S HERE! McKnight's Online Expo kicks off with sessions on innovation, market trends and Medicare maximizationMarch 26, 2008
Senior care's first online trade show and educational meeting returns this morning, with three diverse sessions. Individuals can still sign up for their cost-free look and listen regarding the nationally respected line-up of presenters and suppliers. Simply go to www.mcknights.com to register for access.
Admission and graduation rates from U.S. nursing schools increased in 2006, according to an annual survey by the National League of Nursing. The poll of diploma- and degree-granting institutions revealed a 5% hike in new students and 8.5% rise in degrees granted.
As a DON, I oversee more than just the nursing department. I am responsible for most areas of the interdisciplinary team. Any ideas on how to manage this team efficiently?
Robyn I. Stone: Executive Director, Institute for the Future of Aging Services, AAHSA
Hurricane Katrina forced nursing homes to rethink emergency transportation - and make the federal government take notice.
Staying on top of the latest products, services and industry trends can be a time-devouring pursuit. But the job just became less time consuming, thanks to our new Web site. Eldercare pros can find many time-saving options. These include a substantially enhanced Directory that makes it easier to locate needed services, plus videos of important suppliers. The latest job openings are also available, as well as immediate access to our Career Guide. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our new site. We think you'll find it's time well spent.
The foundation of a health records association launched a project geared specifically to nursing homes.
When it comes to protecting information technology, asset management is not an optional task, technology experts say
Exactly six months ago in this space I wrote that the trial of Sal and Mabel Mangano could turn out to be an excellent opportunity for them, and nursing homes in general, to shine. Dire circumstances often are the best proving ground for joyous turnarounds.
Most long-term care professionals are generally aware of the role of medical director. Still, it is common to confuse the duties of the medical director with those of the attending physician.
Don't expect much fanfare when Thomas Slemmer ascends to the chairman's post for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. He is not one to revel in the spotlight.
Good nursing leaders are a hot commodity - at least if the most recently compiled salary findings are to be believed.
About a decade ago, I wrote a controversial column that offended some readers. In it, I suggested the industry start policing itself by identifying and reprimanding the bad actors in this field, lest the government feel compelled to intervene.