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Is Your Organization Ready for TeamSTEPPS?

Are your leadership and key personnel involved and committed to change?  TeamSTEPPs includes assessments to determine if your organization is ready to implement a teamwork initiative.  Click on the following links to learn more.

Site Assessment Profile
Assessing Organizational Readiness

Action Pact Workshop – The Benefits of Household Dining

July 21, 2016:  The Benefits of Household Dining; Maxinizing Choice and Relationships in this Pleasure of Daily Life
Location:  The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Care, Kansas City, KS
Presenter:  Linda Bump

So, does dining really matter anymore?  Have we already done as much as we can in changing dining to be more resident directed?  Why must we continue to move our systems forward in honoring resident choice in dining and in creating relationship-based dining service systems?

There are many reasons:

  • Because our residents are demanding it
  • Because our residents deserve it
  • Because CMS is advocating for increasing change
  • Because we CAN, and simply
  • Because it is the right thing to do!

Participants will explore each topic (see agenda) through lively discussion, the experiences of staff and residents pioneering work and personal exercises.  Using the guidance and challenges of the New Dining Practice Standards to guide our thought from Mazlov’s early work to creating The Kitchen as a Great Good Place in our residents’ lives, participants will leave feeling prepared to meet the challenges ahead in maximizing dining as a pleasure of their residents’ lives.

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

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Managing Behaviors: TeamSTEPPS in Long-Term Care

Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based program centered on communication and teamwork skills that involve reviewing organizational processes and systems to ensure resident safety while delivering care.  Click on the following links to learn more.

TeamSTEPPS Overview Video
TeamSTEPPS: Long-Term Care Version

New Generations Newsletter – Spring 2016

The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation has published New Generations – Volume 14, Issue 2, Spring 2016.  This issue is now accessible on our website.

Please visit to view this publication along with a collection of previous newsletters.

Conversations with Carmen

June 17, 2016:  Reducing Unnecessary Wheelchair Use
Guest:  Leslie Jarema, LNHA, Director of Health Services, The Forest at Duke CCRC

Approximately two-thirds of nursing home residents are in wheelchairs the majority of the time.  Although not talked about much, the negative, iatrogenic consequences of overuse of wheelchairs are many: accelerated loss of muscle mass, pressure sores, significant discomfort and physical strain from operating chairs which increase risks for falling, injuries from falls, depression and pneumonia.  Older people’s health, mobility and self-image can suffer from too much time in wheelchairs.  They are treated as less able, even spoken to differently, promoting a cycle of helplessness.  The Forest at Duke is part of a movement that gives priority to the well-being of residents and their caregivers – above the functions of the nursing home or convenience of the staff.  Join us and our guest Leslie Jerema to learn how she led her community to use wheel chairs for transport only and helps residents be as active as possible.

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

Nurse of the Year

The March of Dimes is honored to pay tribute to the nursing profession and recognize extraordinary nurses throughout our community.  The remarkable efforts of these individuals often go unsung and through Nurse of the Year, we are able to honor those who make a difference in the lives of so many.

To nominate a nurse, please complete the nomination form.  March of Dimes will accept nominations from April 1, 2016 until June 27, 2016.  Nominees will receive a Nominee Confirmation Email, and must complete an application by July 25, 2016 in order to be included in the selection process.

For more information, including a nomination form, please visit the Nurse of the Year event page here.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Rules Impacting Overtime and Exemption Status Webinar

June 16, 2016:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline is June 13, 2016

On March 14, 2016, the Department of Labor submitted the final proposed overtime rule updates of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to the Office of Management and Budget.  As a result, these updates could go into effect by late summer 2016.  This webinar will present the finalized regulations and any unexpected surprises as nearly every employer in the nation will be affected by the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed revisions.  Their impact will touch not only how employers classify their exempt and non-exempt employees, but also the organization’s bottom line profits.  Soon, employers will have to pay time-and-one-half overtime pay to many employees for hours worked over 40 in a workweek, and who had previously earned a straight salary under one of the white-collar exemptions.

Click here to register