It’s time to look back and share the most-read column offerings of the year. Once again, stellar writing from award-winning staff members and regular contributors, along with insight from guest writers, have treated McKnight’s readers to a plethora of thought leadership.
COVID-19, and related vaccination trials and tribulations, not surprisingly, took center stage often in 2021. But other vital topics also shared the spotlight, as readers found out.
Here are the best from mcknights.com in 2021.
By Editorial Director John O’Connor:
Amid the media’s sea of vaccine coverage, O’Connor’s commentary stands out as incredibly insightful and prescient, having first appeared Feb. 1. There’s something for everybody here, and it remains fully valid today.
By Executive Editor James M. Berklan:
Berklan’s title pulls from comments and perspective gained from a discussion with a clinical expert in vaccinations. Predictions made here have since played out.
By Senior Editor Kimberly Marselas
It’s going to take more than money to get employees to stay in long-term care, Kimberly Marselas reminds. She digs much further into this core issue that is a must-read for long-term care employers.
Top ‘The Real Nurse Jackie’ column:
Where was reader appetite in 2021? After a while, some commentary about vaccinations received a figurative shrug. But not this January column from one-time national nursing director of the year Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC. It remains near the very top of the most popular mcknights.com blog posts of the year.
Read more “The Real Nurse Jackie” posts here.
Top ‘The World According to Dr. El’ column:
The best writers read their audience’s mind and then write about what will resonate most. This nine-tip column from psychologist Eleanor Feldman Barbera, Ph.D., does just that, and more.
Read more from “The World According to Dr. El” here.
Top ‘Rehab Realities’ column:
Therapy exec and blogger Renee Kinder’s columns always deliver a healthy dose of vital technical knowledge, along with a full dose of personality. Readers flocked to this one.
More “Rehab Realities” columns can be found here.
Top ‘Living Leadership’ column:
Provider CEO and award-winning leadership specialist Julie Thorson draws an irresistible connection between a popular dinner entree and a dominant topic in a new way to deliver helpful advice and observations for long-term care leaders.
Find other “Living Leadership” columns here.
Top ‘Things I Think’ column:
Blogger Gary Tetz works for a top provider company that offers various long-term care services around the country. His applicability of his writing reaches just as far, especially in this pertinent piece on the pandemic’s winding path.
Find more “Things I Think” posts by clicking here.
Top Guest Columns:
Professor Mary Eleanor Wickersham delivers vital ethical lessons for those who work in long-term care — from a person who’s been on both sides of the relationship.
A gerontological clinical nurse specialist by training, Steven Littlehale recalls the moment he first thought former president Ronald Reagan might have Alzheimer’s disease. In an exquisite, pensive piece, Littlehale wonders “if the same debate, stoked by emotions and our culture’s pervasive ageism, poses challenges for how we address cognitive impairment in our work.”
More Guest Columns can be found here.
Top Marketplace Experts Column:
Currently the COO of skilled nursing giant Genesis HealthCare, Melissa Powell authored a popular mid-year column about how future senior care communities will and should evolve.
A wave of remote patient monitoring applications is already underway. Jamison Feramisco fascinated readers by examining the nuances of what RPM is and how it can help improve caregiving processes.
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