Issue: February 26, 2018

Published on February 26, 2018

Articles in this issue:

Influenza Surveillance Report for the week ending February 17, 2018

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

This Informational Message is being sent to you by the NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control (BCDC), which produces a weekly statewide influenza surveillance report from October through May. Attached is the influenza surveillance report for the week ending February 17, 2018. 

This surveillance report is also available on the NYSDOH's public website at: as well as on the NYSDOH's password-protected Health Commerce System (HCS). To access the report on the HCS, log onto the HCS using your HCS password, select "Content" from the menu bar, then "Documents by Group">"NYSDOH">Diseases and Conditions">"Influenza"> "Surveillance">"Weekly Reports 2017-18 Season." 


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

2018 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications


Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2018. This Scholarship Fund Program has been established to provide financial support to incumbent employees of NYSHFA/NYSCAL member facilities who are also nursing students pursuing careers in long term care. The Durante/Stafford Scholarships will now be awarded to students/nurses in three categories:

Skilled Nursing

Category I:  Students pursuing licenses as a practical nurse or registered nurse.  Two scholarships for $2,000 each are available for the Category I Scholarship.

Category II:  Registered nurses pursuing advanced degrees in nursing (Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate, Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Specialist).  Two scholarships for $2,000 each are available for the Category II Scholarship.

Assisted Living

Students pursuing licenses as a practical nurse or registered nurse.  One scholarship for $2,000 is available.

The winners will be selected by NYSHFA’s Nurse Leadership Advisory Committee and awarded their Scholarship at the Annual Nurse Leadership Conference on May 3, 2018 in Verona, New York.

Scholarship Criteria and Submission Information:

Attached are the Scholarship Brochure, Application and Recommendation forms. At the time of application, and when the scholarships are awarded, applicants must be employed by a long term care facility that is a member in good standing of the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for AssistedLiving. Applicants must be applying to or enrolled in / accepted to an accredited school of nursing program for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Applications are due by February 28, 2018.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact Nancy Leveille or Joanne O'Connor at the Foundation for Quality Care.


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

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

New NAB CE Registry Requirement


As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. This registry is the first of its kind and will be free of charge to all long-term care licensees. Registration is a quick 3-minute process via the NAB website.

Helpful Documents:
Announcement Flyer
User Guide (includes Step by Step Instructions)

Tips for Registering:
When registering you will be requested to identify a company, please leave this information blank.
It is your discretion to use either your facility or home information for such things as address, phone and email but please note that if you have changes to your contact information you will need to remember to update your information on the NAB registry.

Once you complete your registry information, please email your new NAB number to Erin Fitzgerald,, we will maintain this information in our database for easy filing of your credits.

Register today for your new NAB CE registration number!


NYSHFA Staff Contact
Erin Fitzgerald
(518) 462-4800 ext. 22

NYCACHCA 2018 Annual Conference


The 2018 NYCACHCA Annual Conference is being held March 11-14th at Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, NY. With programs for Administrators, CFOs and Clinicians, this 4-day conference has something for everyone! Click here for additional details and registration information.