SNF Residency Gives Nurses ‘Ownership’ in Long-Term Care

Nurse residencies have long been associated with hospitals and the resources they provide, but long-term care facilities are starting to see their potential as they focus on hiring and retaining the best nurses. When the University of Wisconsin realized new nurses were also starting to expect, or at least ask about, residency programs in long-term […]

Nursing Home Residents Lack Palliative Care Access, Study Finds

Only a very small percentage of nursing home residents who would benefit from palliative care typically receive it, according to a new study released Monday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The researchers, which included representatives from the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, analyzed […]

How SNFs Can Ace the Nurse Hiring Process

Skilled nursing providers are facing a workforce crisis, with facilities fiercely competing to attract top nursing talent. In fact, among wide-ranging labor challenges, attracting frontline nursing and aide workers is a particular pain point, according to survey findings released earlier this year from provider association LeadingAge. LeadingAge Kimberly Nolet, a research program manager at the […]

University-Based SNF to ‘Cross the Generations’

A new skilled nursing facility in Jacksonville, Florida seeks to expose students to the world of elder care — by bringing the residents right to their campus. Dolphin Pointe Landing, a skilled nursing facility that will be operated by Clear Choice Health Care, is under construction beside Jacksonville University (JU), with the goal of introducing students of […]

Nursing Shortage Worsens as Retirement Wave Begins

The nursing shortage has gotten worse over the past five years, according to almost half of the nurses surveyed in AMN Healthcare’s 2017 Survey of Registered Nurses (RNs). That’s much higher than those who said the same in 2015. It’s only likely to get worse, as the survey’s findings suggest retirement among baby boomer nurses […]

RNs Tops at Preventing Costly Medicine Problems in SNFs

Registered nurses (RNs) are better equipped than licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to identify medication order discrepancies that could lead to major problems, according to a new study from the University of Missouri. “If we’re not managing these medications appropriately and not identifying what the potential problems are, these residents may end up back in the hospital,” […]

Kindred Offering $10K Signing Bonus to Attract Registered Nurses

Louisville, Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare is offering a $10,000 signing bonus for each of five registered nurse (RN) positions in the Louisville area listed on its job website. The high signing bonus, first reported by Louisville Business First on Friday, is also available to RNs in California, New Mexico, Missouri, Colorado and Georgia, Kindred’s job site indicates. […]

LCS Promotes Joel Nelson to President, CEO

Life Care Services (LCS), one of the largest nursing and senior housing companies in the U.S., has promoted Joel Nelson to CEO and president. The leadership change is effective Jan. 1, 2018, the company announced Thursday. Longtime CEO Ed Kenny, pictured above, will remain chairman of the board of Life Care Companies and LCS Holdings. Based in Des Moines, […]

Tips to Recruit and Retain the Best SNF Directors of Nursing

Leader. Lifelong learner. Top-notch clinician. All ideal qualities for a skilled nursing facility’s director of nursing (DON). Finding – and keeping – a person with all those qualities is a daunting challenge. “I can only tell you, DONs in the post-acute skilled nursing world are very rare and they’re a treasure,” said Nancy Schwalm, chief business development […]

The Steps SNFs Can Take to Reduce Inappropriate Medication Use

Skilled nursing facilities looking to lower the use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) could see success through implementing Multidisciplinary Multistep Medication Review (3MR) intervention, a study published Oct. 10 in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests. Hans Wouters of the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, along with his colleagues, recruited 426 nursing home residents […]

Worker Sues SNF Employer Over ‘Invasive’ Fingerprint Scans

An employee of a skilled nursing and rehab center in Illinois is taking his employer to court over mandatory fingerprint scans he says violate a state privacy law. Martin Ragsdale filed suit in Illinois circuit court against Paramount of Oak Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, according to Law360. Ragsdale said […]

Skilled Nursing Facilities Cut Hospitalizations in CMS Initiative

A multi-year initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to lower hospitalizations in long-term care has its first set of finalized results, with data showing that the plan is working so far. CMS on Friday announced that all seven participating sites saw declines in hospitalizations. Six of the seven had statistically significant drops in […]

What SNF and Hospital Workers Really Think About the Discharge Process

The transition between hospital to skilled nursing facility presents a key opportunity to reduce rehospitalization risk, improve outcomes and save money — but a new study finds that players on both sides often aren’t on the same page. The research team, led by Sarwat Chaudhry of the Yale Center for Healthcare Innovation, Redesign, and Learning […]

Arbitration Battle in SNFs Isn’t Just for Residents

Arbitration agreements between skilled nursing operators and residents have become a key battleground in the long-term care space, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks to roll back an Obama-era regulation that would have banned them. But the fight over arbitration clauses — which prevent parties from seeking legal remedies from disputes […]

Staff, Resident Outcomes Soar in Comfort-First Dementia Care Model

Beatitudes, a life plan community in Phoenix, Arizona, has become well known for how it provides dementia care, with articles appearing in The New York Times and other publications. That comfort-first approach is spreading throughout the country, with providers seeing better resident outcomes and operational performance in the model. Three not-for-profit New York City communities—Cobble […]

Kindred Makes Everyone a Recruiter to Win New Staff

Post-acute giant Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) is not afraid of making changes—including currently exiting the skilled nursing industry after years of being a major provider. But for staff recruitment, the Louisville-based company is a big believer in tried-and-true methods. Like other providers across the health care spectrum, Kindred has been utilizing social media and other digital […]

Four Themes Are Key to Nurse-CNA Communication

Skilled nursing providers that want to improve communication between nurses and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) should study the four themes of the “rules of performance,” according to a University of Utah study scheduled to be published in the Sept.-Oct. edition of Geriatric Nursing. For the study, researchers observed, shadowed and interviewed seven nurses and 10 CNAs who worked […]

Greystone Taps Golden Living Alum To Be Chief Nursing Officer

Greystone Healthcare Management has named Melissa Purvis its new chief nursing officer, in charge of overseeing operations of 35 skilled nursing facilities that the Tampa, Florida-based company manages. Formerly, Purvis served as national director of clinical practice for Golden Living from 2014 to 2016; the Plano, Texas-based company operates about 300 skilled nursing facilities across […]

The Critical Steps SNFs Should Take in an Active Shooter Situation

The recent hurricanes that have battered states along the Gulf Coast have undoubtedly put the disaster preparedness of long-term care facilities in the region to the test. But not all potential disasters are as predictable as hurricanes, and long-term care facilities still need to be ready to handle them. For this reason, Chicago-based risk management, insurance […]

Gingrich, Summers Square Off in Debate Over Long-Term Care and Immigration

Investing in the professional development of immigrants who work as long-term caregivers, as well as helping them integrate into the American culture and its norms, is crucial to combatting the long-term care industry’s labor shortage. This is according two former national governmental figures who spoke Wednesday in a debate titled, “The Impact of the Trump […]