Issue: December 14, 2017

Published on December 14, 2017

Articles in this issue:

DOH: Advisory - Update to Healthcare Facilities Regarding Candida auris in NYS

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

The purpose of this advisory is to update healthcare facilities regarding the emergence of the multidrug-resistant yeast Candida auris (C. auris) in New York State (NYS). This advisory includes updates to guidance for clinicians, laboratories, and infection control departments from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Attached is the full advisory.

NYSHFA CONTACT:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

2018 Employee Recognition Program

Author: Lisa Volk

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the annual Employee Recognition Program. The goal of this program is to honor exemplary employees working in skilled nursing facilities. The four categories for awards are Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant and the “Heart and Hands” Award for non-nursing/non-managerial staff.

Attached are the Employee Recognition Program Brochure and Guidelines for Preparing Applications. The Clinical and Quality Services Committee will be accepting nominations until January 31, 2018.  Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Conference, June 24 – 27, 2018 at the Westchester Hilton in Rye, NY.

If you have any questions, contact Joanne O’Connor at NYSHFA/NYSCAL.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Joanne O'Connor
Communications & Business Development Coordinator
518-462-4800 ext. 23

2018 Volunteer of the Year Awards Program

Author: Lisa Volk

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the annual Volunteer of the Year Awards Program. The goal of this program is to recognize outstanding volunteers serving in NYSHFA member health care facilities. The five categories for awards are: Young Adult, Adult, Senior Adult, Group and Spiritual Guidance.

Attached are the Volunteer of the Year Awards Program Brochure and Nomination Form. The Clinical and Quality Services Committee will be accepting nominations until January 31, 2018.  Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Conference, June 24 – 27, 2018 at the Westchester Hilton in Rye, NY.

If you have any questions, contact Joanne O’Connor at NYSHFA/NYSCAL.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Joanne O'Connor
Communications & Business Development Coordinator
518-462-4800 ext. 23

DOH 2018 Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI)

Author: Nancy Leveille* Published in Clinical & Quality

DOH just released the program for the 2018 NHQI. The only change will be how CMS has changed the 5-Star survey postings. See attached DAL for full information.

NYSHFA CONTACT:

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x20

MDS 3.0: In-Person Training Offered

Author: * Published in Clinical & Quality

The MDS 3.0 training is an introduction to learn the specifics needed to ensure a successful implementation of MDS 3.0 and gain an overall understanding on how to use the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) correctly. Both basic and advanced MDS courses will be offered. This is the only MDS training approved by the NYS Department of Health.

See link for registration information and further details:

http://www.albany.edu/sph/cphce/mds.shtml


NYSHFA CONTACT:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

2018 Director of Nursing

Author:

It is widely accepted that Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) are leading providers of quality health care in the United States.  Given this fact, dynamic and results oriented leaders are essential. Directors  of Nursing Services must be knowledgeable and  possess the skills needed to motivate and direct  staff, make the most of their limited resources  and keep abreast of the rapidly changing needs of the profession.

The Director of Nursing Program will provide the opportunity to learn new skills, fine-tune existing knowledge, explore value-based leadership, and  operationalize skills and competencies that are  needed to be a Director of Nursing Services in  today’s SNF setting.  Experts from academia, the nurse professional associations, quality assurance and skilled nursing facilities have served as members of the Leadership Institute Advisory Committee.

For brochure and application, please Click Here:

2018 First Line Manager

Author:

It is widely accepted that Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) are leading providers of quality health care in the United States.  Given this fact, dynamic and results-oriented leaders are essential.  Managers & Supervisors in all departments serve a vital role in ensuring quality care for residents in long term care facilities. 

The Foundation for Quality Care has been awarded grant funding for the First Line Manager program for all department managers and supervisors. 

This eight day program will provide the opportunity to learn new leadership skills, fine-tune existing knowledge, explore supervisory strategies, and operationally apply the skills and competencies that are needed to be an effective First Line Manager/Supervisor in today’s SNF setting.  

 

For brochure and application, please Click Here

 

Foundation Contact:

Amanda Vandenburgh

Administrative Assistant

(518) 462-4800, ext. 21

avandenburgh@thefqc.org