National Nursing Home Week is May 14-20, 2017

Established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967 and always beginning on Mother’s Day, NNHW provides an opportunity for residents and their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and surrounding communities to recognize the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Find out how you can join in the celebration by going to: https://www.ahcancal.org/events/national_nursing_home_week/Documents/2017NNHWGuide.pdf

National Nurses Week 2017

Celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

The American Nurses Association has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” Join them during National Nurses Week, May 6–12, as they explore this year’s theme, “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” It’s all about celebrating nurses like you who lead the charge for health and wellness.

http://www.nursingworld.org/FunctionalMenuCategories/National-Nurses-Week-2017

Gero Nurse Prep Sale Ends Soon!

Nursing Centers with RNs certified in gerontological nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) are twice as likely to receive a 5-Star rating from CMS.

Recent analyses conducted by AHCA/NCAL show that nursing facilities with RNs who have been certified in gerontological nursing by the ANCC are twice as likely (48% as compared to 24% nationally) to have a 5-star rating from CMS.
AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep is the first step toward achieving ANCC certification. Nurses who complete the Gero Nurse Prep course experience a 96% pass rate on the ANCC exam.
 Save $100 with Promo Code QUALITY17 (All Caps). Go to  geronurseprep.org to register. Offer expires 4/30/17.

Certified Nurses Day!

Certified Nurses Day™, held annually on March 19, honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty. A registered nurse (RN) license allows nurses to practice. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers certification in gerontological nursing – the gold standard in demonstrating clinical excellence in geriatric patient care.  Less than one percent of RNs have this credentialing, so credentialed RNs help providers stand out in a highly competitive marketplace.

AHCA/NCAL encourages Members to recognize their credentialed RNs on March 19.  If your RNs are not yet credentialed, take an important step on your quality journey by watching this video or going to the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep  web site to learn more about this terrific course. Use promo code RNBCDAY (all caps) to receive $100 off each new registration between now and 3/31/17.

If your RNs are already certified, please encourage them to plan for recertification by going to the recertification flyer for some tips on how to maintain their credentials.

Have Questions? Email us at concne@unmc.edu OR call Tim Gilbert at 402-559-1990

Study explores new system to prevent hospital falls.

Each year, on average, about 3 percent of patients fall in a U.S. hospital. About one-third of the falls result in injury, with an average cost of $14,000 per patient, said Katherine Jones, Ph.D., associate professor in the UNMC Division of Physical Therapy Education.

http://www.unmc.edu/news.cfm?match=19871&pk_campaign=email&pk_kwd=Study_explores_new_system_to_prevent_hospital_falls

SPIKES – A Six-Step Protocol for Delivering Bad News

It’s 9:00AM and you are headed to your patient’s room where he and his family await news on the results of a recent test. Despite being optimistic, the outcome is not what anyone wanted. How prepared are you to communicate with your patient and his family on this? Would you like to be able to support the patient with empathy? Would you like to have the skills to develop a treatment plan at this critical moment?

A FREE online training module “SPIKES – A Six-Step Protocol for Delivering Bad News” will provide you with the tools you need to enhance your confidence. Videos are provided that demonstrate the application of this protocol and you will also be able to see patient/family reaction when news is delivered in an insensitive manner versus using the protocol. This online resource is available 24/7 and provides 1.0 contact hour under ANCC criteria.

 Improve your skills today! Sign up at: http://app1.unmc.edu/nursing/16CN098/index.cfm

 The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.