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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 health.mo.gov/seniors/nursinghomes/providerinfo.php to view this publication along with a collection of previous newsletters.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Spotlight On…

Managing Behaviors: Bullying

Bullying might be thought of as a behavior mainly exhibited by children, but it can occur in all age groups.  Whether it involves verbal or physical abuse or antisocial behavior, bullying should not be tolerated in any setting, including long-term care.  Click on the following links to learn more about the types of bullying behaviors and how to manage them.

Bullying is Ageless: Conflict and Violence Widespread in Nursing Homes
Bullying Resources, National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners

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.

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Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action

June 14, 2016:  The Role of the Medical Director and Attending Physician in Advancing Person-Centered Long-Term and Post-Acute Care
Presenters:  Jonathan Evans, M.D., Past President, AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and Christopher Laxton, Executive Director, AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

How can we make life better for our elders and others who need care in our long-term care settings?  Learn about the nursing home medical director and attending physician’s perspective on ways to improve quality, person-centeredness, and individual resident/patient choice.

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