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Skilled Nursing Facility Assessment: Valuable & Not Complex

February 29, 2016 | Irene Fleshner

Last summer, CMS issued proposed changes to the Requirements of Participation for Nursing Homes (RofP). They requested comments on the proposed changes and the stakeholder community was neither quiet...

3 Tips for Happier Senior Care Employees in the New Year

December 15, 2015 | Irene Fleshner

Happy is a word we hear used a lot during the holidays. I started to think about the meaning of “happy,” and found myself singing the Pharrell Williams song, “Happy,” and then thought of a smiley...

Changes to Requirement of Participation: Good News with a Catch

October 9, 2015 | Irene Fleshner

Recently CMS issued proposed changes to the Requirements of Participation for Nursing Homes (RofP) (think rules surveyors follow when they’re in my building).  The proposed changes were developed in...

Economics 101: The Senior Care Staffing Shortage

August 27, 2015 | Irene Fleshner

Long term post-acute care facilities across the country face staffing shortages due in large part to high turnover rates, a lack of training and advancement opportunities, and a workforce largely...

Nurse Leaders: Get More Involved in Your Staff Scheduling

August 12, 2015 | Irene Fleshner

I recently attended the Long Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit (LTPAC/HIT) in Baltimore.  The primary focus of the conference was on electronic medical records, thus the usual array of...

A Perfect Storm: High Turnover & Increasing Demand for LTC Workers

March 20, 2015 | Irene Fleshner

“I am finally fully staffed, and then one of my employees resigns.” How often have you experienced this situation?  If you’re like many senior care operators, this happens all too frequently.  A...

My First Job and Why Such a Recruitment Process Will Not Work Today

February 26, 2015 | Irene Fleshner

I went down a circuitous academic path to become a nurse.  I started college majoring in political science in Washington DC.  Many of my classmates were doing internships on the Hill and thinking...

Thanking Senior Care Nurses Who Make a Difference

December 23, 2014 | Irene Fleshner

At the end of the year many of us reflect back on what we’ve accomplished and how we’ve lived our lives during the preceding 365 days.  I was thinking about how busy I’ve been in 2014 and my desire...

An Age Old Staffing Question: Your Part-Time/Full Time Nursing Mix

November 18, 2014 | Irene Fleshner

For years, people have asked me … “What is the optimal mix of full- and part-time employees to efficiently and effectively staff my facility?” Given that the employer mandate provision of the ACA is...

Workforce Challenges in Senior Care: Staff Stability

September 30, 2014 | Irene Fleshner

Fall has officially arrived!  And there are a few things that we can count on happening every year at this time, like cooler temperatures, beautiful foliage colors and a full schedule of conferences...

RN Staffing on The Hill

September 2, 2014 | Irene Fleshner

Most of my life I lived “inside the beltway,” which is DC speak for an area that includes Washington DC and the close suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. August was always my favorite month in DC. Not...