The Importance of Critical Thinking Skills Nursing

The Importance of Critical Thinking Skills Nursing By Megan Ruesink The nursing profession tends to attract those who have natural nurturing abilities, a desire to help others and a knack for science or anatomy. But there is another important skill that successful nurses share and it’s often over-looked: the ability to think critically. Critical thinking is defined in a number of ways but perhaps it’s easiest to comprehend when you understand all that it encompasses. Critical th...
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CEAL and CGNO 2014 Annual Reports Available Now

CEAL and CGNO 2014 Annual Reports Available Now The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) and Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations (CGNO) have released 2014 annual reports. These reports give a detailed overview of the kinds of policy changes, recommendations, and future that these AALNA supported organizations are working toward. It is with your support that AALNA is able to provide a voice to assisted living nurses nationwide. We thank you for your continued support ...
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GAO to Focus on Antipsychotic use in Assisted Living

GAO to Focus on Antipsychotic use in Assisted Living   Since 2006, the number of skilled facilities cited by CMS for the use of unnecessary medications (F 329) increased nearly 75%.  In response, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) identified reducing the off-label use of antipsychotics among patients/residents of skilled nursing centers as one of its priorities and set goals for a 15% reduction of off-lable and other uses of antipsychotic medications. In Sep...
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Merrill Gardens Joins AALNA as Corporate Member

Merrill Gardens Joins AALNA as Corporate Member Devoted to going above and beyond to keep its residents living the best life possible, Merrill Gardens Senior Living has joined the American Assisted Living Nurses Association (AALNA). By aligning with AALNA, the only nurses association focused on promoting effective nursing practices in the assisted living industry, Merrill Gardens is further exemplifying their commitment to quality care and ongoing staff development. “Our nurses should have...
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Florida Become the Newest AALNA State Chapter

 Florida Become the Newest AALNA State Chapter The American Assisted Living Nurses Association (AALNA) added a new state chapter, official January 9, 2015. With over 3,000 assisted living facilities located in the state of Florida, there was an overwhelming push by the nurses of these facilities to form an AALNA State Chapter in Florida. With the guidance and support of AALNA President, Calvin Groeneweg, and National Board of Directors Member, Deb Choma, local assisted living consultant, ...
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Remember Antiviral Drugs for Flu, CDC Tells Clinicians

Remember Antiviral Drugs for Flu, CDC Tells Clinicians Source: Long-term Living Magazine In the battle against influenza, clinicians aren’t prescribing antiviral medications as much as they should, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, told members of the media this afternoon in a press call. The CDC issued new recommendations this morning to encourage use of the drugs, which the CDC considers an important adjunct to vaccination, he noted. ...
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Top 5 Takeaways from HIPPA Audits

 Top 5 Takeaways from HIPPA Audits Source: Tiger TextWith the recent revisions to the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, it's important to understand what precautions to take to make sure your organization is up to date with all requirements. Learn how healthcare organizations are ensuring all technology and staff are compliant with these "Top 5 Takeaways from HIPAA Audits". Read this quick overview to help you stay prepared for HIPAA risks and audits and ensure your organization: Guarantees ...
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Four Issues that will Determine the Future of Assisted Living

Four Issues that will Determine the Future of Assisted Living  Four issues will determine what the future of assisted living will look like, according to participants in a recent round table sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL). Those issues include: Personnel. Data. State regulations. Affordability. “The Future of Assisted Living: Consumer Preferences and the Era of Healthcare Reform,” took place in October and was attended by 35 assisted living s...
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CDC Unveils Flu Toolkit for Long-Term Care Providers

CDC Unveils Flu Toolkit for Long-Term Care Providers The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a long-term care toolkit with resources for senior living communities to provide access to flu vaccines for their workforce. It’s also designed to help employers in long-term care understand the importance of the flu vaccine for employees. The toolkit was developed by the Health and Human Service Department’s National Vaccine Program Office and is available on the CDC websit...
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Assisted Living… The Joy of Being a Nurse!

Assisted Living... The Joy of Being a Nurse! by LuAnne Leistner MS, RN “Tis the Season to be Jolly!” How many times have each of us heard this familiar phrase during the holiday season? It is refreshing to hear and certainly brings a smile to my face each time. Living and enjoying each moment in the present is experiencing life but consider this also as a “Season for Reflection and Giving Back”. A time for reflecting, looking back, being grateful, and appreciating all that life has to ...
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