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Continuing Education Archive

PADONA offers a number of programs and webinars designed to provide long-term care nurses with continuing education and training.

Education & Training Archive

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PADONA is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Approver Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. No presenters or planners have a conflict of interest relative to this webinar. PADONA assumes no liability for the accuracy of the information provided.

Dementia Friends Pennsylvania Information Session

All long term care providers admit or have residents in the facilities with the diagnosis of dementia. Providing a safe and comfortable environment for residents with dementia is a goal of all providers but finding a source for staff education has been a critical factor to achieving this goal. The goal of Dementia Friends is to help all community members understand five key messages about dementia and commit to their own personal action. To become a Dementia Friend, you join others in a one-hour Dementia Friends Information Session. The session will cover five key messages about dementia and touch on what it is like to live with dementia. As a Dementia Friend you will turn your understanding into a practical action that can help someone with dementia living in your community. The action can be as big or small as you choose, because every action counts!


  • 95% of learners will be able to describe dementia.
  • 95% of learners will be able to identify the most common type of dementia.
  • 95% of learners will be able to recognize five key messages about dementia.
  • 95% of learners will be able to apply communication techniques with someone living with dementia.
  • 95% of learners will be able to list at least one personal action to commit to in the next year related to dementia.
  • 95% of learners will attend the full 60 minute education webinar and complete the evaluation following the education.


Anneliese Perry, MS, NHA
Program Manager, Aging Initiatives

Ms. Perry is a program manager at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and its supporting organization the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI). Her primary focus is working on initiatives related to the aging population, including the design of new models for senior living. Ms. Perry is one of the state-wide coordinators for Dementia Friends Pennsylvania, a movement to change the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. She is an active member of the Dementia-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh leadership work group. Her current work includes the Revisiting the Teaching Nursing Home Initiative, a pilot project in three regions of Pennsylvania focused on demonstrating how enhanced partnerships between academic nursing schools and skilled nursing facilities can improve quality outcomes and address workforce challenges. During 2020 – 2021, she worked closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the Department of Health to provide COVID-19 Learning Networks for staff in skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes and congregate care living through the Educational Support and Clinical Coaching Program (ESCCP) and the Regional Response Health Collaborative Program (RRHCP). This work continues with the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Learning Network for nursing facilities. As part of the JHF Aging Team, she uses her coaching skills to develop and implement customized curricula, helping healthcare organizations with quality improvement efforts. Previously, Ms. Perry worked to support long-term care facilities to reduce avoidable hospitalizations through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation grant, RAVEN (Reduce AVoidable hospitalizations using Evidence-based interventions for Nursing facilities). Prior to joining JHF, Ms. Perry worked in both home and community-based services as well as long-term care. She holds a master’s in professional leadership from Carlow University and a bachelor’s in psychology from Westminster College. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and is certified in ethics and compliance management from St. Louis University.

Stacie Bonenberger, MOT, OTR/L
Program Manager, Aging Initiatives

Ms. Bonenberger is a program manager at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, with a primary focus on initiatives related to the aging population, including the design of new models for senior living. Ms. Bonenberger is one of the statewide coordinators for Dementia Friends Pennsylvania, a global initiative that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. She is an active member of the Dementia-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh leadership work group. Ms. Bonenberger is also a member of the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Task Force. As part of the JHF Aging Team, Ms. Bonenberger uses coaching skills to develop and implement customized curricula helping healthcare organizations with quality improvement efforts. Current projects include Revisiting the Teaching Nursing Home Initiative, a pilot project in three regions of Pennsylvania working to demonstrate how enhanced partnerships between academic nursing schools and skilled nursing facilities can improve quality outcomes and address workforce challenges. During 2020 – 2021, she worked closely with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health to provide Learning Networks for staff in skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes and congregate living through the Educational Support and Clinical Coaching Program and Regional Response Health Collaborative Program. This work continues with the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Learning Network for nursing facilities. Previously, Bonenberger worked to help long-term care facilities reduce avoidable hospitalizations through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation grant, RAVEN (Reduce AVoidable hospitalizations using Evidence-based interventions for Nursing facilities). Prior to joining JHF, she was the assistant facility director of occupational therapy at UPMC Passavant and has 17 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist in Pennsylvania and Colorado. Ms. Bonenberger received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Massachusetts and her master’s in occupational therapy from Chatham University. She also earned a certification in computer programming from the University of Denver.

Infection Preventionist Leadership Bootcamp
This two half-day training program is designed to equip those working in healthcare with the latest strategies and best practices in infection prevention. Assisting the Infection Preventionist with leadership strategies and expected position workflows. Great orientation for those new to the IP Role or refresher for the experienced IP.
Everything You Need to Know About C-Diff in Long Term Care
Long Term Care facilities and infection preventionists encounter the diagnosis of C-Diff for their residents or as a diagnosis on admission from the hospital. Often the information in the transfer form from the hospital is different for the treatment of the C-diff than what IPs learned from the CDC. Knowing whether to isolate the resident with a diagnosis of C-Diff, when to complete another culture or should another culture be completed, what are the signs and symptoms to know when to request a stool culture, what is the most appropriate care for residents with the C-Diff diagnosis? All of these issues will be addressed by a geriatric medicine professor and geriatric physician who is also a long term care medical director who has completed antimicrobial stewardship.
Something’s in the Water: Understanding, Identifying, and Preventing Legionella in your Facility
Threatening the safety of building water systems in Pennsylvania is a bacteria called Legionella. Legionella can grow and spread in healthcare care facilities and can cause a serious type of pneumonia. Through this presentation, you will learn what Legionella is, the symptoms of illness from Legionella infection, how to identify what contributes to Legionella growth, and ways to prevent exposure within your facility.
Sepsis in The Long Term Care Setting
Sepsis is increasing in prevalence. Hospitals are identifying it more frequently and the CDC has recently provided a course for hospital nurses on sepsis. This education will address prevention, early detection, and treatment of sepsis in the long-term care (LTC) setting. Participants will be able to identify signs and symptoms of infection in LTC residents and describe interventions for surveillance and treatment. Emphasis will be placed on infection prevention and control strategies that are unique to various LTC environments and their frontline workforces.
Ready for Enhanced Barrier Precautions? Let Live Data Analytics Guide You
Multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) transmission in long-term care facilities is currently shown to contribute significantly to resident morbidity, mortality, and increased healthcare costs for patients either with colonization or at risk of MDROs. After two years of recommendations from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), they have officially issued the memorandum, Ref: QSO-24-08-NH, which solidifies new guidance and sets standards for state survey agencies and long-term care (LTC) facilities on the use of Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP). Effective as of April 1, 2024, the new guidance is officially part of F880 Infection Prevention & Control and will be evaluated by state surveyors as it relates to CDC-targeted MDROs. Additionally, CMS has provided the Guidance to CMS 20054 Infection Prevention, Control & Immunizations, indicating staff interviews to determine if they are aware of which residents require the use of EBP prior to providing high-contact care activities.

This session will break down the new guidance on the use of EBPs and discuss policies and procedures facilities can implement, that include education to facility staff, residents, and families. We will explore how care teams can leverage the data already found in their resident EHRs to help identify when EBPs are needed – with existing residents and new admissions alike. We will also discuss how the use of post-acute data-driven analytics can ease regulatory burden by strengthening Infection Prevention and Control programs and reducing the development of MDROs.

What’s New in Handling Hazardous Medications
Federal, state, and local regulations addressing drug/medication disposal have changed over the last several years and current requirements are confusing at best and may not be something that you are aware of. Former best practices are now prohibited, and complex processes make compliance with local, state, and federal law challenging. What hasn’t changed is the focus on protecting the environment and water supply while also preventing drug diversion. In this education, you’ll learn about how to dispose of unused pharmaceuticals in a way that is both environmentally sound and compliant with regulations. If you have not discussed this with your pharmacist, this is your opportunity to learn from a pharmacist which drugs/medications are hazardous and why and how to correctly dispose of them.
Don’t Get Stuck – Infection Prevention Basics and Sharps Safety

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Epidemiology and Project FirstLine, PADONA is pleased to be able to bring you this education without a fee. Nursing Continuing Professional Development continuing education hour will be provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Epidemiology on TRAIN PA.

Nurses in all aspects of healthcare work with sharps throughout the workday. There is both an injury as well as an infection prevention perspective to sharps safety for licensed nurses. This education presentation will set the groundwork for understanding the basics of infection prevention including how germs spread and where they live, including blood. The education will address why sharps injuries are prominent, and what can be done to prevent sharps injuries. Additionally, it will address the risks associated with blood glucose monitoring and multi-dose vials.

Antibiotic Stewardship Requirements: Live Data Supports Infection Prevention & Control Programs

As CMS continues to enforce surveyor guidance, infection control deficiencies remain among the top three citations issued in post-acute care. Maintaining solid Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Antibiotic Stewardship programs must stay a top priority in the treatment of our post-acute care population. According to the CDC, antibiotics are still the most frequently prescribed medication in nursing facilities, with up to 70% of residents in a nursing facility receiving one or more courses of systemic antibiotics, when followed, over a year. Of those prescribed, as many as two thirds may be unnecessary or inappropriate, causing risk of harmful adverse effects and serious gastrointestinal infections such as development of Clostridioides Difficile.

While care providers strive to reduce antibiotic resistant infections, provide optimal resident outcomes, and meet regulatory requirements, leveraging live data analysis is more significant than ever. Historically, surveillance, monitoring, and tracking antibiotic usage has been a time consuming and arduous process but has proven to be vital in improving outcomes and reducing unnecessary adverse drug interactions. During this presentation, we will discuss how live post-acute data analytics can support surveillance efforts, automate antibiotic usage metrics, and identify areas for improvement processes. We will also highlight how live data is helping care providers call out the early signs and symptoms of infections while also identifying prescribing practices, supporting reporting requirements, and improving efforts for best resident outcomes. Furthermore, we will show how accessing this data with no extra work or additional data entry can also assist in improving survey preparations and outcomes.

Infection Prevention in Long-term Care

A strong infection prevention and control program is necessary for the safety of everyone in your facility – including residents, staff, visitors, and contractors. The awareness of the role of the infection preventionist was heightened during the pandemic and with the current outbreak and tripledemic situation in long term care, the infection preventionist role has become both a catalyst for prevention and lightening rod for criticism. The facility infection preventionist is the center of the infection prevention and control program.

This course reviews the necessary parts of an infection prevention program, discuss high-risk pathogens, and review ways to minimize exposure and transmission of pathogens within your facility. Tools and education available to assist with infection prevention is discussed and resources provided to assist in the development or review of your infection prevention and control program. This program is intended for the newer infection preventionist in long term care or the experienced infection preventionist seeking a refresher. It is also well suited for the nurse leader/DON/ADON who assists, supervises or works with the infection preventionist.

Addressing and Managing Suicidal Ideation
Long term care nursing team members are sometimes faced with residents with suicidal ideations. It is difficult to know what the next should be to assist the resident and protect the staff members. This education by a geriatric psychologist will focus on the signs and symptoms of suicide and how to effectively respond to these.
Challenges with Guardianship and Decision Making
This education webinar provided by a healthcare attorney will review, examine and explore the situations that nurse leaders frequently encounter regarding healthcare decisions and care choices. The situations when the resident is making a specific decision regarding healthcare and/or care and the resident representative or family or POA is making a different decision for the resident and expecting the healthcare team to adhere to their wishes and expectations. Who makes the decision? What are the deciding factors? How can the situation be mediated sufficiently and legally correctly?
Bullying Among Older Adults: Not Just a Playground

The impact of bullying is detrimental to the health and well-being of our seniors. Even one instance can have a lasting impact! Therefore, it not enough just to define bullying – communities need to know the warning signs, the physical and emotional impact, and what to do if it happens to them. Therefore, interventions for the organization, the bully, and the target will be reviewed to help communities minimize (and prevent where possible) bullying and mitigate the effects on the target. Addressing bullying behavior among older adults is critically important for enhancing quality of life and promoting emotional well-being; strategies to create caring and empathic communities for all residents and staff members are reviewed. In this session, participants will learn the definition and incidence of bullying in adult living communities and day centers including what older adult bullying looks like in this population. Characteristics of older adult bullies as well their targets and gender differences will be explored. The reasons why bullying occurs as well as the five different types of bullies are defined.

Long Term Care Waivers vs. Informed Consent

Residents and their families have strong feelings regarding their need to control the care provided within the nursing facility setting. Frequently, resident and family requests are against the advice of the attending physician and the medical staff of the facility. How can facilities accommodate the wishes of their residents and their families without exposing themselves to potential future liability? The education will discuss options available to facilities and will specifically include the use of waivers and informed consents. The presenters will cover the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as the federal and state regulations which place limitations and constraints on facility options.

All About Behavior

Long term care team members are often faced with behavioral challenges with residents. Whether physical or verbal aggression, regardless of the underlying cause it makes care delivery challenging and has the potential to place the resident and other residents in danger. This education webinar will address positive staff approaches to help manage difficult resident behaviors before dispensing medication. Most of us probably already use many of the approaches in daily life without recognizing their power. You might be surprised to learn what can work!

Necessary Knowledge to Understand & Manage Organizational Conflict

The goal of The Cost of Conflict is to learn a new way of thinking about organizational conflict. Most people hold beliefs and assumptions about the nature of conflict and how it can be resolved that are inaccurate. In the next few 90 minutes, you will build a “mental map” that will serve as your guide for making moment-to- moment choices about how to behave in conflict situations and how to manage them more effectively. Over this webinar you will acquire tools for managing conflicts and preventing their further escalation which do not come naturally to most people. These are ‘self-help’ tools that must be learned just as self-help health care must be learned. With this knowledge, we can take care of our relationships, particularly the management of differences in our relationships (work and personal) so they do not need the intervention of experts.

Care Planning as Part Of Quality Care and Frequently Cited

Long term care has required to develop, implement and document about the resident care plan for many years. The comprehensive care plan regulations are included in the 10 most frequently cited deficiencies in both the state and nationally and including the interdisciplinary team in the care planning process with frequent and appropriate updates and revisions is not an easy task. In this session the educator will review comprehensive care plan requirements and outline systems for ensuring interdisciplinary collaboration in the care plan and care planning process. The educator will also discuss methods to communicate the care plan goals and interventions with the team members to ensure implementation for quality resident care.

Compliance Risks in Nursing – Who is looking and are you ready?

This course is a full day of compliance education with seven distinct education sessions that focus on the compliance areas that affect nurse leaders in long term care. The education is provided by compliance specialists from the Friends Service Alliance (FSA) which is a compliance and risk management organization that assists providers with compliance assessments and developing and implementing compliance programs. The education sessions included HIPAA compliance and the struggles nurse leaders must manage through legal aspects of medical record documentation and the liabilities and risks of drug diversion in the nursing home. Other compliance topics for nurse leaders in long term care focused on general compliance and the need to check the exclusions list as well as staffing compliance from interview through competency evaluations, in addition to compliance with the post survey plan of correction and the need for medical record documentation to serve as a communication tool.

Prevention and Control of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and other Respiratory Viruses in Long Term Care Facility Settings

The CDC is expecting the “Triple Threat” this fall and winter season with RSV, COVID-19 and the flu. While long term care providers have managed through the COVID-19 pandemic and are familiar with it and have managed the flu almost every winter, RSV is less common. This webinar will provide education about RSV and other respiratory viruses for nurse leaders in LTCF and nursing home settings. The webinar will provide background on RSV symptoms, transmission, and prevention. It will describe the new RSV vaccines and discuss ACIPs recommendations for RSV vaccination in older persons. And finally, it will highlight the similarities and differences between RSV and Flu/COVID-19 symptoms and interventions. Helpful resources for LTCFs will be provided and linked within the slides.

PADONA is able to provide this education at no cost based on our partnership with the PA Department of Health Bureau of Epidemiology.

Nutritional Support for Wound Healing

Long term nursing staff manage wound healing and are consistently looking for new and more effective ways to provide wound healing. This session will review the stages of wound healing. There will be a focus will be on general nutrition protocols and identifying the role of specific nutrients in the wound healing process. We will wrap up by discussing the benefit of nutritional supplements to assist patients in meeting their nutrient needs for wound healing.

Preparing for Violence in the Workplace: How to think and prepare for low-frequency, high impact events
Workplace violence events such as active shooter related emergencies have a low likelihood, but a high impact. With the prevalent media coverage of these types of events, many healthcare facilities are appropriately thinking about their own levels of preparedness and skill. Training and preparation for active shooter scenarios are often more complicated than other hazards, and congregate care facilities often have particular nuances that should be considered. The HAPevolve emergency management team brings a depth of experience and understanding in applying emergency management and training best practice to the healthcare environment.
Palliative Care in Long Term Care

A significant number of nursing home residents can be identified as eligible for palliative care. However, the majority of nursing home clinical interdisciplinary team members are not aware of palliative care or the types of residents who are eligible for palliative care. Palliative care is quality of life-oriented care with life-limiting illnesses. It includes symptom management as well as psychosocial support, advanced care planning and patient/family-centered, care guided by values/goals. The barrier to providing palliative care and identifying residents eligible for this level of care is not knowing or understanding palliative care. This session provided by a geriatrician who works in long term care and palliative care will assist in providing guidelines and education.

Breaking Down Enhanced Barrier Precautions – What You Need to Know for Implementation in Your Facility

PADONA is able to provide this education at no cost based on our partnership with the PA Department of Health Bureau of Epidemiology. Description of the Professional Practice Gap: Infection prevention and control are a critical need in nursing homes. Understanding enhanced barrier precautions is a part of that knowledge. Members of the PA Department of Health, Division of Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention, MDRO Prevention Team will provide an overview of Enhanced Barrier Precautions, application of Enhanced Barrier Precautions as a transmission-based precaution, best practices for implementation, and real-life scenarios to apply knowledge into resident care practice.

F-Tag 694 – Parenteral and IV Fluids Updates

Long term care nurse leaders are responsible for updating policies, procedures and protocols regarding IV and infusion therapy in the facility. These policies and procedures should include the federal and state regulations and standards of practice to ensure compliant implementation by the team members. Federal regulation F694 Parenteral and IV Fluids has been recently updated. At the conclusion of this education, the participants will be able to: A) Summarize the guidelines in F-Tag 694 B) Discuss IV therapy and required documentation in the resident’s plan of care C) Provide infusion education and yearly staff competency assessments following PA scope of practice for LPN/RNs for nursing staff D) Understand the terminology and different forms of IV access including how types of IV catheters are defined.

2023 Summer Symposium on Quality Education Session & Educator Overview

1) Maintaining Resident Safety and Preventing Accidents
2) Care Planning as a Driving Force Toward Quality Resident Care
3) Medication Management
4) Pulmonary Care Assessments
5) Restorative Nursing Programs and Quality Care
6) Incontinence Management – Caring for Residents Living with Incontinence: How Applying Person Centered Continence Care Leads to Better Outcomes
7) Fall Management: Minimizing the Risk for Your Resident
8) Pressure Injury Prevention and Management
9) Trauma Informed Care – Beyond the Basics
10) SBAR Use to Ensure Quality Resident Care

Overview of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the Disabilities Act as it Relates to Pregnancy, the PUMP Act and other Recently Decided Worker’s Rights Decisions
In this educational webinar presented by Andy Dollman, Employment Attorney and Shareholder with the health care law firm Latsha Davis & Marshall, PC, attendees will learn about the newly-released Pregnant Worker Fairness Act (“PWFA”), its provisions, and what health care employers should know in order to be compliant with the Act and avoid legal pitfalls. Additionally, Andy will discuss the interaction between the PWFA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) the PUMP Act, and other laws designed to protect employees’ rights. Attendees will be able to spot issues and perform a basic analysis under these laws and their regulations to determine applicability and steps moving forward. Andy will use common-sense and real-world examples to help attendees understand how these laws work and interact with each other and, from a practical perspective, their effects on the workplace. Andy will also highlight some of the recent high-impact Supreme Court decisions and offer guidance on how they should shape an employer’s perspective.
The Emergency Ended – What now?

The Covid-19 pandemic brought many changes to the way Infection Prevention occurred in LTC. The Public Health Emergency (PHE) was declared January 31, 2020 with several renewals. This PHE led to the release of many reporting and action requirements and regulations required of facilities. As of May 11, 2023, the PHE ended and with it many of the emergency requirements. This presentation will review the changes and help clarify the regulations and requirements still in existence and recommendations of best practices to prevent the transmission and spread of Covid 19.

Improving Readiness: Candida auris Prevention & Control in the Long-Term Care Setting

Candida auris has been documented recently in literature as impacting both hospitals and nursing homes throughout the country. Candida auris is a multidrug-resistant yeast that can cause invasive infection. Its ability to colonize patients asymptomatically and persist on surfaces has contributed to C. auris outbreaks in health care settings. Since the first C. auris case was identified in Pennsylvania in 2020, aggressive measures have been implemented to limit spread, including infection prevention and control assessment and colonization screening. C. auris is often detected among long-term care residents with chronic medical conditions; therefore, long-term care settings must improve their readiness to prevent and control this organism, especially as clinical and screening cases continue to rise.

Q&A with Susan Williamson, Director of Division Nursing Care Facilities on the staffing portion of the revised state regulations that take effect on July 1, 2023

There are many questions regarding the staffing requirements that have been added and revised in the state regulations that are effective July 1, 2023. Susan Williamson provided a Q & A session for the nurse leaders and administrators regarding the staffing requirements and responded to questions that had been submitted from PADONA members prior to this session on June 8.

Effective Audits In Infection Prevention and Control

A long term care infection prevention and control program would not be complete without audits as part of the data collection. In this session, participants will learn the basics and best practice guidelines for conducting an effective infection prevention and control procedural audit. This session will cover common healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in the long-term care setting and how audits can mitigate the risk of developing HAIs. We will look at the hand hygiene audits to illustrate how to perform the most effective audits. We will also discuss the different types of infection prevention audit tools that are available and where to find them.

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Epidemiology and Project FirstLine, PADONA is pleased to be able to bring you this education presentation without additional fee for registration. Nursing Continuing Professional development contact hours will be provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Epidemiology.

An Overview of the Pennsylvania Nursing Facility Regulations that address Physician Services/Medical Director (Chapter 211.2) and the Changes to Licensee Responsibilities included in 201.14

This session will provide an overview of the various changes outlined in the final- form regulations that amend Subpart C of Part IV of Title 28 of the Pennsylvania Code relating to nursing facility / long-term care regulations specifically focusing on physician services/Medical Director requirements outlined in Chapter 211.2 and Responsibilities for Licensees covered in Chapter 201.14. Changes to the Medical Director annual CME requirements and their expanded role in educational development and medical management of the facility staff and professionals will be reviewed. We will also discuss the changes in responsibilities of nursing facility licensees outlined in Chapter 201.14 and the resulting impact to nursing facility operations. Strategies to achieve and maintain compliance with these final form regulations. This will include review of the facility assessment.

Reduce HAIs & Improve Patient Outcomes Through Technology

According to the CDC, the nursing home population in the U.S. accounts for one-to-three million healthcare associated infections (HAI) every year. Reports also show that antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed medication in facilities, with 6–10% of residents receiving antibiotics on any given day. However, 40–75% of those prescribed antibiotics may be unnecessary or inappropriate – causing risk of serious complications, development of serious gastrointestinal infections (ie. Clostridium difficile), increased adverse drug events, development of multi drug resistant organisms, and/or even death. HAIs also carry a huge financial burden, costing the healthcare industry upwards of $2 billion annually for hospitalizations.

Although daily surveillance and tracking of infections and antibiotic use in nursing facilities has traditionally been an arduous and painstakingly timely process, they remain required as integral components to improve outcomes and avoid hospitalizations for residents presenting HAI symptoms. This session will explore how technology can help – by not only automating the tracking and reporting of antibiotic use facility-wide, but also by identifying the early warning signs of infections and highlighting the need for possible testing to determine the appropriate pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. By implementing measures for optimal resident outcomes quickly, unnecessary trips to the hospital are avoided and overall better patient care is provided. We will also discuss how operators can leverage live-data analytics to meet state and federal requirements, prepare for regulatory reporting and onsite surveys, conduct infection surveillance, and improve HAI reporting percentages.

Risk Management in Infection Prevention

Infection prevention and control programs in long term care have a basis in risk identification and assessment. In this session, participants will learn the basics and best practice guidelines for conducting an infection prevention and control risk assessment within healthcare facilities. The session will cover infection prevention and control risk identification, documentation, and prioritization. We will cover the stages of infection prevention and control risk assessment, while teaching how to leverage the results to mitigate infection prevention risks to create a healthcare environment for residents, staff, families, and visitors. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Epidemiology and Project FirstLine, PADONA is pleased to be able to bring you this education presentation without additional fee for registration.

Strengthening & Rebuilding Infection Prevention & Control Post-Pandemic

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a data report indicating that nearly all nursing homes experienced COVID-19 infections during the pandemic. The report indicated more than 1,300 nursing homes had extreme infection rates of 75 percent or higher with an average overall mortality rate close to 20 percent despite the infection prevention mandates that took place in 2016. The COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed the healthcare industry, leaving many facilities under resourced and short staffed. These outcomes emphasize the need to improve upon infection prevention and control activities throughout the long-term care industry and strengthen Infection Control Programs in preparation of the next public health concern.

Medication Stewardship & The CMS Regulations

Licensed nurses manage and administer medications daily in the nursing home. There are a multitude of federal regulations that must be adhered to during daily medication management. These regulations will also be evaluated for compliance during the annual licensure and certification surveys. This session will address the crossroads of medication management and the federal regulations.

Wheelchair Safety Starts with Identifying the Risks
Wheelchairs are one of the most common assistive devices used in long-term care facilities, but there is the potential for injury with use. Tips and falls are the most commonly recognized issues but some types of wheelchairs can cause injury when they are being unfolded. This webinar will discuss possible wheelchair injures and ways to mitigate the risk. Learning Outcomes: At the completion of the education session: 1. 95% of learners will have completed the evaluation with the correct beginning and ending codes. 2. 95% of learners will have their individual professional goals met related to recognizing the potential hazards of wheelchair use. 3.95% of learners will have their individual professional goals met related to knowing steps to mitigate wheelchair hazard risks. 4. 95% of learners will attend the full 60-minute education webinar and complete the evaluation.
Conducting a Thorough Investigation

Nurse leaders in long term care are required to conduct investigations following resident events. Regulations require the completion of thorough investigations, but they don’t provide the steps required for the completion. We will explore the complexities of conducting a thorough, good faith investigation that includes: establishing the facts of the situation, understanding and analyzing causal factors to implement meaningful interventions and identifying opportunities to improve care and services, and mitigating further safety, legal, and compliance risks.

Safeguarding the Rights of Conscience as Protected by Federal Statutes Proposed Rule and Its Impact on Long Term Care Providers

The presentation will cover the proposed Health and Human Services rule “Safeguarding the Rights of Conscience as Protected by Federal Statutes”. The presentation will cover what the proposed rule is and how it impacts the 2019 Health and Human Services Rule “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority”, also referred to as the Conscience Rule. The key point to both the 2019 Rule and Proposed Rule is the protection of the personal rights of health care providers, while also ensuring that necessary care is provided to residents. The presenter will discuss the potential impacts of this new proposed rule on long term care providers. Additionally, the presentation will cover intersections with the Proposed Rule and the recent updates to the State Operations Manual.

Emergency Preparedness: Are you ready?
LTC facilities and their staff play a key role in emergency preparedness and response efforts for all types of events, including natural or manmade disasters, pandemic outbreaks or terrorist attacks. The continuation of services is essential during an emergency or disaster. With proper preparation, your facility can keep residents and staff as safe and ready as possible. This webinar is an overview of emergency preparedness and is intended to assist LTC facilities in evaluating their current emergency preparedness plan and provide basic tools and resources to help enhance the plan and processes in currently in place.
Interrelationships of QAPI, Facility Assessment, Survey Success and Compliance & Ethics through F895 & F946

Nurse leaders must recognize and understand the correlation of these regulations to the long-term care survey process, the QAPI process and the Facility Assessment that surveyors should be looking at with each survey.

Leading the way with Lead Aides
The initiative of Revisiting the Teaching Nursing Home is not yet immediately recognizable to nurse leaders in long term care facilities. The continued efforts of a few select PA long term care nurse leaders, along with educators from three schools of nursing as well as other long term care stakeholders, facilitated by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the John A. Hartford Foundation have been working on this concept. The concept is exciting and one that every long term care nurse leader will be excited to learn more about and this session will provide some of the information as well as to detail work that was completed by our peer presenter as part of the project. This session will discuss how we can have nursing assistants in leadership roles to ensure excellent person-centered services are provided each shift to our residents and each other. The session will also highlight the impact of nursing assistant leaders on the restorative nursing program. How this work culture of highly engaged people, everyone, everyday, solving problems and making innovations to drive performance.

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