FREE Assisted Living Incident Command System Now Available to AALNA Members!

FREE Assisted Living Incident Command System Now Available  The Assisted Living Incident Command System or "ALICS" is a simplified version of the Incident Command System (ICS) and through its use, long-term care providers can become part of this standardized system of efficient response. ICS was modified by two consultants for assisted living and reviewed by AALNA board members. The final review was conducted by the NCAL Workgroup of the AHCA/NCAL Emergency Preparedness Committee. ALIC...
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Controlled Substances Disposal Final Rule Published by DEA

Controlled Substances Disposal Final Rule Published by DEA The long-awaited  final rule governing the disposal of controlled substances was published by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Sept. 9. The rule is effective as of Oct. 9. The rule contains provisions specific to disposal of unused/unwanted controlled substances in "long-term care facilities" (LTCFs), which DEA defines to include nursing homes, "retirement care" facilities and other facilities "which provide extended h...
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Mentor of the Year Recipient, Esther Nederhood

Congratulations to Mentor of the Year Recipient, Esther Nederhood Esther Nederhood, RN, CDP, C-AL was awarded AALNA's first Ethel Mitty Scholarship. She is the owner and operator of the Belle Oaks Living Center in Lake City, Michigan. For the last 10 years, Esther has been dedicated to improving the lives of the residents and staff who call the Belle Oaks Living Center home. She ensures that her residents and staff feel at home, feel comfortable, and feel safe. When asked about her spec...
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2014 Ethel Mitty Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to the 2014 Ethel Mitty Scholarship Recipient The 2014 Ethel Mitty Scholarship was awarded to Sandi Flores, RN, C-AL, at the 2014 National Conference in Washington, D.C. Sandi has dedicated the majority of her nursing career to assisted living, with over 25 year of experience in assisted living. As one of the founders of AALNA, Sandi has made it her goal to embrace and encourage clinical efficiency, advocacy and ethics.She has served direct care providers, as well as parti...
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Introducing AALNA’s Member Service Coordinator

Introducing AALNA's Member Service Coordinator Shelby Erwin joined the AALNA team in early June to ensure that AALNA members were receiving the best possible membership that AALNA can provide. After first joining the AALNA team, she states that she was "... excited to assist AALNA with their mission and meet the nurses that are at the heart of the Assisted Living profession." Shelby's background is unique, as she is from a small town in southern California that is known for its Assisted L...
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FREE Newsletter from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices

FREE Newsletter from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), based in suburban Philadelphia, is the nation's only 501c (3) nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use. ISMP represents over 35 years of experience in helping healthcare practitioners keep patients safe, and continues to lead efforts to improve the medication use process. The organization is known and respected worldwide...
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INTERACT for Assisted Living is Here!

INTERACT for Assisted Living is Here! In 2012, AALNA and our NCAL partners, Lindsay Schwartz and Dave Kyllo, became involved in the review, revision, and development of INTERACT tools specific to the Assisted Living Environment at the request of AALNA. Rita Vann, Senior VP of Clinical Services at Brookdale Senior Living and AALNA national board of directors member, also worked toward a collaboration with INTERACT project director Dr. Joseph G. Ouslander.  Dr. Ouslander is a Professor and ...
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Steps for Certification

Steps for Certification  1.   Apply for the exam. You may apply for the exam by going to www.alnursing.org/certification/apply. Complete and submit an Application for Examination for Certified Assisted Living Nurse online. Or, you may submit the completed application, appropriate fees, and affidavit by regular mail.  Note: Member fee: $150, Non-member fee: $250 2.    Wait for your password validation. After submitting your application, affidavit and fees, you will receive a passwor...
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Suggested Books & Websites

Suggested Books: Assisted Living Nurse Certification Exam  CLINICAL: Ebersole & Hess. Gerontological Nursing and Healthy Aging. Lueckenotte AG. Gerontological Nursing. 2000 Resnick B. Restorative Care Nursing for Older Adults: A guide for all care settings. 2004 Eliopolous C. Gerontological Nursing, 6th ed. 2005 Lubkin IM. Chronic Illness: Impact and Interventions. 2002. Mezey MD, Fulmer I, Abraham I. (eds). Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice.2nd ed. ...
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How to Become a Certified Assisted Living Nurse

How to Come a Certified Assisted Living Nurse To prepare for the exam, you will want to think about your knowledge base, skills and experience. The four areas that are tested in the certification exam are recognizing the content outline shown at the American Nurses Credentialing Center website for their certification exams. The four areas and the approximate percent of questions/items in each area of the AALNA Certification Exam for Assisted Living Nurses are: The Aging Population ...
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