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Mental Health First Aid

May 19, 2016:  Jefferson City, MO

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental Health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.

Please visit MALA’s event page here for more information and to register.

Reducing Adverse Drug Events and Readmissions

May 19, 2016:  Webinar Noon – 1:00 p.m. CT
Presenter:  Niki Carver, PharmD, CPPS Pharmacy Director, Arkansas Continued Care Hospital of Jonesboro

In this webinar, Niki Carver, PharmD, CPPS, will discuss adverse drug events (ADEs) related to warfarin, hypoglycemic drugs and opioids, and how they contribute to readmissions; she will also provide recommendations to address key factors contributing to ADEs related to these drugs.  In addition, participants will walk away with practical strategies for enhancing care transitions and preventing medication-related readmissions.  Continuing education credits will not be awarded for this presentation.

Please visit the event page here for more information and to register.

The Aging Services Workforce: The Key to Our Success

May 25, 2016:  Brooking Park, Chesterfield, MO
May 26, 2016:  Adam’s Mark of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Workforce is one of the most difficult issues aging service providers face in today’s environment.  LeadingAge Missouri and LeadingAge Kansas are excited to partner to bring you a day of learning and networking around the topic of Workforce.  It is important that we understand the components of this crisis so we can develop practices that support and attract workers who provide excellent care to seniors.  This joint Summit will provide insights and opportunities for discussion about what it takes to position yourself as an employer of choice in your community.  Dr. Robyn Stone, Cara Silletto and Steve Cohen will be a few of our exciting speakers.

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Click here to register online for St. Louis
Click here to resister for Kansas City

System Improvement Webinar: Pressure Ulcers (F314)

June 23, 2016:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT
Presenter:  Liz Davidson from LeadingAge Iowa
Registration Deadline is June 21, 2016

The F-tag related to Pressure Ulcers is cited when a facility fails to ensure that a resident who enters the facility without a pressure sore does not develop pressure sores unless the individual’s clinical condition demonstrates that they were unavoidable; and a resident having pressure sores receives necessary treatment and services to promote healing and prevent new sores from developing.  During this webinar, we will take a closer look at the regulatory language included in F314, review the Evidence Based Practice and guidelines supported by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), and review actual citations to help leverage a better understanding of how to maintain compliance with this key system.

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Evidence Based Falls Risk Assessment and Intervention

August 10, 2016:  Webinar 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT
Presenter:  Kathleen Weissberg from Select Rehabilitation
Registration Deadline is August 8, 2016.

Fall risk assessments are a crucial tool in identifying which residents could be at risk for falling and, therefore, a candidate for a fall prevention program.  Fall risk assessments not only identify residents at risk, but also aid in recognizing the type of intervention that should be utilized.  They also assist in increasing staff knowledge in fall risk prevention and intervention strategies.  This webinar reviews the definition of a fall and intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors related to falls.  Evidence-based assessments demonstrated to be predictive of risk are reviewed as they relate to nursing and therapy practice with elderly clients.  This webinar reviews evidence-based intervention strategies applicable to a balance and fall management program including environmental modification, patient and caregiver education, and balance retraining activities.  Falls management program rationale and implementation is also discussed as well as interdisciplinary techniques and strategies to reduce fall risk in the elderly.

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Nursing Home Quality Improvement Spotlight On…

Staff Stability

The ability to recruit and retain quality staff is a key factor in creating a quality-driven environment within a nursing home.  Click on the following links to view concepts for hiring, setting expectations and supporting staff.

Employee Retention: Tips for Leaders (PDF)
Change Package: Strategy 2, page 10 (PDF)

LPN Licenses Expire May 31, 2016

LPN licenses expire May 31, 2016.  Approximately 25,000 renewal postcards were mailed to LPNs in early March.  The postcard provides online renewal instructions, including the PIN you need to renew online.

Please visit the Missouri Division of Professional Registration, Board of Nursing’s web page here for details.