As the population of older adults continues to rise, increased training in gerontological nursing is a vital step in providing the proper care and value to residents of skilled nursing and long term care facilities.
The new podcast from the UNMC College of Nursing – Continuing Nursing Education department bringing you the latest on hot nursing topics!
Have you ever helped a patient, taken care of them properly and end up getting sued anyway? Join Dr. Joyce Black, of the UNMC College of Nursing, and malpractice attorney Kathryn Cheatle as they discuss the impact of lawsuits on nurses’ actions.
The new CMS patient driven payment model (PDPM) takes effect October 1, 2019 for skilled nursing facilities and will dramatically change how Medicare Part A payments are determined. That change moves away from the current system that focuses heavily on therapy minutes to a system that will focus on a wide range of clinical characteristics. This transformation in payment methodology will make having competent, proactive RNs even more vital to a SNF’s financial success.
Please drop by booth 1724 and meet GNP faculty members Renee Paulin, MSN, RN, CWOCN (left) and Dr. Heidi Keeler, Phd, RN (right) at the 2018 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention and Expo. They’d love to visit with you!
Dr. Heidi Keeler, lead faculty of Gero Nurse Prep and the director of Continuing Nursing Education at the UNMC College of Nursing, recently attended the 2018 Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum where she shared a few of CNE’s educational offerings.
Please check this website, www.unmc.edu/nursing/cne, for upcoming live and free online programs
In January, Gero Nurse Prep faculty Heidi Keeler and Staff Member Anji Heath traveled to Baltimore to help plan the AHCA/NCAL Annual Meeting. UNMC College of Nursing Continuing Education Office will provide ANCC nursing contact hours for the event. Shown here, from left to right, are planners Hari Namboodiri, Margie McLaughlin, Anna Fisher and Heidi Keeler.
UNMC’s Brittany Nordby BSN, RN, EMT, shares her thoughts on how to be ready for disasters.
You are walking down the hallway doing your routine checks and you start to smell natural gas. You are sitting at the nurses station charting and the power goes out. You are in a tornado warning and you need to move your patients. You answer the phone and get a bomb threat.
Do you know what to do? What does preparedness mean to you? Do you feel prepared if a disaster were to hit your workplace or the community you work in? Will you shelter-in-place or execute your facility’s evacuation plan?
Disasters come in all forms and can occur in an instant. Biological, chemical, radiological, and natural disaster emergencies are all types of emergencies that can occur in the environment around us. As nurses, we are the frontline providers to protect our patients in the event of a disaster. We must ask ourselves if we have the skills and knowledge to effectively care for our patients during these tragic events. Educating yourselves and your fellow nurses is the best way we can prepare for disasters that can occur in our workplaces and communities.
Planning, training, and exercising are all ways to assist in preparing for a disaster. We must become familiar with our workplace disaster plan. What do I do in the event of a fire, tornado, active shooter, flood, etc.? Pull out that binder and make yourself familiar with the procedures that should be followed. Recognize the vulnerable populations within your facility and the special considerations that may need to take place for those patients. Participation in mass causality drills that may take place in your community, workplace, or even statewide is an excellent way to practice the plan you have educated yourself on. Testing these plans allow us to see how well our original plan works and identifies any changes that need to be made. Finally, exercising allows for communication and community connections you will need when a real disaster occurs. Below you will find some helpful sites to visit.
It is never fun to think about a disaster occurring in your workplace or community. Regardless of this fact, we must prepare ourselves in the event tragedy does strike. Educate, plan, and utilize your resources to keep yourself and your patients safe and to provide the best care you can for your patients in the event of a disaster.
Brittany is the Project Coordinator for HEROES, which offers Emergency Preparedness training and education for healthcare providers and students across the state of Nebraska, and beyond. HEROES is an interdisciplinary approach to biological, chemical, radiological and natural disaster emergencies. Spearheaded by the UNMC College of Nursing, they collaborate with the College of Medicine, College of Allied Health Professions and the Center for Preparedness Education.
Currently, there are 43 million adults in the United States who serve as a caregiver of an elderly parent or a family member with a disability or chronic condition. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, more people than ever will become caregivers, increasing the need for education and awareness of respite services. Find out more by going to:
It’s 9:00 AM 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.
Gero Nurse Prep’s Dr. Heidi Keeler’s poster will be featured in the “Ageing, disability, and End-of-Life” theme poster walk on Sunday 6/25/17 from 12:15-1:45.