Developing an Employee First Culture in an Organization

The past two weeks, we’ve explored what an employee-first culture consists of and how it benefits employees and employers alike. The question now is, what are the first steps for putting a structure like this into place? And why is starting this transition process so difficult for some organizations? This is what Vineet Nayar’s book “Employees First, Customers […]

The Employee First Culture in Long Term Care

Introduced in the previous blog, the concept of the employee-first culture has started to transform workplace structures across the world. Companies of all sizes and industries are seeing the benefits of prioritizing their employees’ needs and empowering them in their daily interactions with clients. What kind of impact might implementing an employee-centered culture have on organizations in the long-term […]

What is an Employee First Culture?

You’ve probably heard the phrase “the customer is always right” a thousand times before. It’s so ingrained in our culture and everyday business practices because it seems like common sense. Prioritize the needs of the customer above all else and business will thrive. But there’s an often overlooked member of this equation that truly has the greatest impact […]

The Fifth Vital Sign

As published in McKnights, by James M. Berklan, Editor

We were honored and excited to participate in the recent McKnight’s Senior Living Expo. Below is the article as published by James Berklan, Editor. It turns out Linda Shell’s hero had modern medicine right all along, even if her last utterance was well over 100 years ago. Leave it to the founder of modern nursing […]

Solutions to Polypharmacy – Pharmacogenetics Testing

In our last blog post, we discussed the pervasive problem of polypharmacy in America and how it stems from the drastically different reactions each of us can have when taking the same drug. It’s not a new issue—polypharmacy has been a silent killer for years, draining funds from Medicare and dismantling the treatment plans of […]

The Growing Problem of Polypharmacy in Long Term Care

Here in the West, we live in a culture that loves its medicine—just turn on the TV and you’ll see a drug ad at nearly every commercial break. We’ve become so impatient for an cure to every symptom imaginable, and hope our doctor will just prescribe whatever’s been working for everyone else. But the reality is, even with […]

Sleep: The New Vital Sign

Published February 6, 2014 AANAC NurseLeader

The nurse began her morning like any other day, walking from one resident room to the next. She checked vital signs, passed meds, and shared the usual conversation with both residents and staff. It was not until she entered Thelma’s room and asked, “How did you sleep last night?” that she realized the importance of […]

Preventing Falls: It’s easy to miss what you’re not looking for

As Posted on: April 5, 2011 by Advance for Long Term Care Management Vol. 14 • Issue 2 • Page 26

Does this sound familiar? Mary, an 87-year-old memory care resident and recurrent faller, has another fall in her room. A housekeeper spots her lying on the floor. Staff rushes to help. The nurse completes an incident report and an intervention is tried. Alarm, floor mat, low bed: what will it be this time? The same […]

How to Become an Influencer and Promote Collaboration in your Facility

Contributed by By Emily Royalty-Bachelor, AANAC

“Collaboration is key.” It’s a well-worn phrase in just about any workplace, including long-term care facilities. And it’s a grand principle in theory. But when it comes to putting it into practice, it may feel a lofty aspiration—especially in light of tight deadlines, busy staffers, and an RAI process that requires others to complete their […]

The DON’s Role in Making the Most of Staff Education

Originally Published by AADNS - By Lynn Sywyj, MA, Staff Writer - June 15, 2016

A director of nursing services’ (DNS’s) active involvement in staff education is vital, even though the level at which the DNS is involved in the planning and execution of education is largely determined by the size and resources of the facility. In smaller facilities, the role of organizing and leading in services often falls to the DNS. For example, […]