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MLN 2016 DON/Charge Nurse/CNA Day

September 20-21, 2016:  Director of Nursing Institute
September 20, 2016:  Charge Nurse/CNA Day
Location:  Orlando’s Event and Conference Center, St. Louis, MO

Missouri League for Nursing is excited to invite Directors of Nursing, Charge Nurses, and Certified Nursing Assistances attend an educational event catered to YOUR needs!  This conference will be energetic and hands-on all while being in a learning environment.  You will be given useful information to take back and implement in your home right away to better serve your residents.  We will give you the confidence, knowledge, direction, and motivation needed to help you enhance your role of caring for the elderly.

Please see the brochure on MLN’s website here for more information.

Vibrant Living for Men

September 1, 2016:  Vibrant Living for Men
Location:  The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Care, Kansas City, KS
Presenter:  Glenn Blacklock, Administrator

This all-day workshop will explore options for helping men to live more vibrant and satisfying lives.  We will discuss the current state of most activity programs, which are often heavily focused toward activities enjoyed by women.  We will also identify the reasons activities and pastimes can’t just be left to Activity professionals anymore.  Everyone needs to be involved. This practice makes for an environment that opens the door for everyone in the organization to share their passions and interests.  Relationships flourish and spontaneous things begin to happen.  As men begin to rethink what they can and would like to do, they often find new purpose and meaning in their lives, and their once-vibrant spirits rise again.

For more information including registration, please visit the event page here.

It’s Time to “Restore” Your Restorative Nursing Program

August 25, 2016:  Webinar 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT
Presenter:  Kathleen Weissberg from Select Rehabilitation
Registration Deadline is August 23, 2016.

This training session will review the philosophy, design, implementation, and successful documentation of a Restorative Nursing Program.  Nurses, Nurse Assistants, Restorative Aides, and therapists all must work together in the facility to implement a rehabilitative approach that focuses on the resident’s function.  Types of Restorative programs are reviewed along with role delineations for each.  For each Restorative Program, documentation and coding guidelines, key training elements, and program goals are reviewed.

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System Improvement Webinar: Internal Oversite (F281, F312)

August 4, 2016:  Webinar 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT
Presenter:  Liz Davidson from LeadingAge Iowa
Registration Deadline is August 2, 2016.

According to the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) publication of the OIG Compliance Program Guidance for Nursing Facilities, conducting internal monitoring and auditing (oversight) is one of the key elements to successful compliance program. During this webinar, we will discuss key strategies, best practices, and tools to use to conduct internal monitoring and oversight within your organization. Case studies of actual F-tag citations for F281 (Professional Standards) and F312 (Activities of Daily Living), two of the most frequently cited F-tags nationally, will be used to help leverage a better understanding of how internal oversight can improve not only compliance, but overall quality of care.

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Conversations with Carmen

July 22, 2016:  What Kind of Culture Does Your Language Create?
Host/Presenter:  Carmen Bowman, MHS

It is not news that the language of institutional care could use some work.  Even CMS notes a needed language change by encouraging the elimination of labels such as “feeder” in its interpretive guidance for Tag F241 Dignity.  Do these institutional words still abide in your culture?  Facility, beds, frontline, work the floor, toileting, non-compliant, behaviors, difficult, activities, dietary, resident, elope, expire?  Have you personally and community-wide adopted language that is softer, more normal, dignified?  The best news?  Changing language costs no money. Yes, changing language is a no-cost practice that does wonders to shift from an institutional culture to a home/natural/normal culture instead.  Join us to learn more about the unintended consequences of traditional institutional language; word replacements to consider; and ideas on how to change language.  Join our host Carmen Bowman as she shares from the paper she co-authored The Power of Language to Create Culture.

For more information including registration, please visit the Action Pact event page here.

TMF Free Learning Webinar

July 12, 2016:  Vaccinating Adults: Don’t Miss Out on Opportunities for Prevention
Presenter:  Carolyn Bridges, MD

Immunizations are one of the best ways to decrease the incidence of preventable diseases.  This learning session will explore disparities in adult immunizations, standards of practice, effectiveness of vaccines and payment for adult vaccinations.

For more information including registration, please visit the event page here.

My Vote Matters

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

It’s Election Year! What are Your residents Thinking?  Are they ready to Vote?

As we approach the Democratic and Republican conventions this month and the General Election in November, Americans are talking about the candidates, the issues at hand, and thinking about their vote.  Voting is one of our most important civic responsibilities, yet too often individuals receiving long-term care and services do not have an opportunity to cast their ballot.

What can be done to help residents and other long-term care consumers exercise this right?  What kind of assistance do they need? Getting registered?  Getting to the polls?  Filing an absentee ballot?  When we involve residents in the political process, we all will benefit from it.

Consumer Voice is featuring two new consumer fact sheets with information about exercising this important right and cornerstone to our society.

  1. Registering to Vote
  2. Casting Your Ballot

Consumer Voice has also created a new issue page with great voting resources:

Residents can also be engaged in the election process by having an opportunity to talk about the issues important to them – both related to their daily life in the long-term care facility, to their community, and to society at large.
Get them started in discussions with their peers in the facility by inviting them to share their views.  Be prepared with the My Vote Matters toolkit, which includes:
Invite Resident participation in the national discussion. Ask what they’re thinking and help engage them in the election process!