Continuing Education - Past Programs

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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Purchase audio recordings and presentation handouts from our educational webinars and convention sessions to help train your team. Webinars are available to both PADONA members & non-members.

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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. Nursing contact hours cannot be awarded for completion of the audio recording. PADONA assumes no liability for the accuracy of the information provided.

Compliance with Transfer and Discharge Notifications

Long-term care facilities continue to struggle with the regulatory requirements for transfer and discharge notification. In addition to survey concerns, facilities must now be aware of the potential for litigation related to improper notice for transfer and discharge. This webinar will examine the regulation and provide suggestions for compliance in order to assist facilities in minimizing opportunities for citations and potential litigation.


  • The learner will be familiarized with F-tag 622, Transfer and Discharge Requirements
  • The learner will acquire an understanding of the different types of transfers and discharges
  • The learner will utilize the Critical Element Pathway for transfers and discharges as a Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement tool to help ensure compliance


Jennifer Dunlap, MSN, RN, WCC, RAC-CT has long-term and acute care nursing experience, and is a senior nurse consultant for legal nursing and clinical consulting. Jennifer is wound care certified and has experience managing wounds in both the long-term/sub-acute and acute care settings. She also has management experience as Nursing Supervisor in intensive care/coronary care and as Assistant Director of Nursing in long-term care. Jennifer is a Basic Life Support instructor and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support as well as Advanced Stroke Life Support. Jennifer has experience with infection control and has completed infection preventionist training.

Preventing Falls in a Pandemic QM’s: The Other COVID 19 Victims

The CoVid 19 pandemic has changed the way that facilities manage daily operations in many areas.  Safety and Quality Measure management are no exception.  This presentation will focus on adapting Fall Management programs to meet the needs of your facility within the framework of Covid Pandemic guidance.


  • Apply the QAPI process to fall management
  • List ways that processes have changed related to Pandemic guidance
  • Identify tools that will assist with fall management


Patty Austin is a Registered Nurse with 29 years’ experience in the skilled nursing setting.  She started her career as a nursing assistant and has held many positions within the skilled arena. She most recently held the position of Director of Nursing for a 120 bed SNF in Western Pennsylvania before accepting the position of Quality Improvement Specialist with Quality Insights in 2016.  She loves combining the global view she has of skilled nursing now with the love she had for creating teams to improve care during her time in facilities.

OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) targets nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

On January 21, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order aimed at increasing workplace protections and improving the safety of all employees.  In response, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) effective March 12, 2021 focused specifically on reducing or eliminating worker’s exposure to COVID-19.  Nursing Homes, continuing care retirement communities, and assisted living facilities are among those employers who have been targeted under the NEP.  The new NEP is also focused on ensuring that employees are protected from retaliation and has a strong enforcement component.


  • Describe OSHA’s goals for protecting employees.
  • Assess OSHA written respiratory protection program requirements and compare them to your facility’s internal policies and procedures.
  • Implement strong anti-retaliation policies.


Paula Sanders is a Principal and Co-Chair of Post & Schell’s national healthcare practice. She focuses her practice exclusively on healthcare law. Ms. Sanders represents clients on both substantive and procedural aspects of health facility regulation and compliance, such as licensure and certification, Medicare/Medicaid; compliance; payer audits; fraud and abuse, OIG investigations and voluntary disclosures. She is skilled in dealing with multiple regulatory and law enforcement agencies and coordinating an integrated response to their issues. Ms. Sanders’ clients include continuing care retirement communities, long-term care facilities, assisted living providers, hospitals, hospices, home health agencies, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, psychiatric hospitals, institutional pharmacies, clinical laboratories and adult day care centers, as well as intellectual and developmental disability providers. Ms. Sanders has written and lectured extensively on topics affecting the health care industry.  She speaks regularly before international, national and statewide organizations. Ms. Sanders is an appointed member of the American Health Care Association’s legal committee and former member of the LeadingAge national legal committee.

Temporary Nurse Aide Program

This program will provide an outline and overview of a successful temporary nurse aide training program during the COVID19 Pandemic in Long-term Care. The Temporary Nurse Aide Program was approved by the Pennsylvania Governor Wolf to assist nursing home providers to fill the gaps for staff during the pandemic when additional staffing was required based on the needs of residents. The Director of Extended Care Services for this organization will share the experiences of Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL) and what they have learned along the way.


  • Understand the ACHA NCAL program and process for Temporary Nurse Aide certification.
  • Develop a training program for Temporary Nurse Aides tailored to your individual community needs.
  • Establish competency for and successfully integrate Temporary Nurse Aides into your community.
Bamlanivimab (Monoclonal Antibodies): Cutting Edge COVID-19 Treatment in Long Term Care

The use of monoclonal antibodies is a cutting edge and rising treatment in the fight against COVID-19, especially within long term care. Join us to learn more about bamlanivimab (BAM) and how to use it in your facility!


  • Understand the use of bamlanivimab under the emergency use authorization.
  • Evaluate if a patient is candidate for bamlanivimab using inclusion and exclusion criteria.
  • Understand the utility of bamlanivimab in long term care and be able to establish bamlanivimab as a treatment within a SNF or CCRC.
How to Survive an OSHA COVID-19 Investigation

OSHA has cited over 112 organizations for COVID-19 related violations and proposed penalties totaling $1,603,544.  From October 9, 2020 to October 15, 2020, they issued citations to 27 employers who collectively face $381,388 in proposed fines.  The names of these alleged violators are posted on the OSHA website, even before any appeal process has commenced.  Many are nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Are you already under investigation? Will you be next? What do you need to know to be prepared. First, take a deep breath and try to relax. Next, sign up for this Lunch and Learn Webinar where Paula Sanders will discuss OSHA’s new Guidance, “RESPIRATORY PROTECTION GUIDANCE for the Employers of Those Working in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, and Other Long-Term Care Facilities, during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” just released October 30, 2020.  When an employee dies and had COVID, is that always a “work-related” death?  What should you do if you are having trouble getting N95 fit-testing? Where should you be filing employee screening records? What exactly is an RPP? Learn from the experiences of other, and know what you need to do to be ready to respond to an OSHA COVID-19 investigation.


  • Understand OSHA’s expectations for what post-acute providers should be doing now, and in the past, to protect their employees from COVID-19
  • Anticipate potential triggers for an OSHA investigation
  • Analyze the most common COVID-19 related citations
  • Identify all elements of a Respiratory Protection Program so you can evaluate your own programs for potential vulnerabilities
  • Prepare for the possible “Knock on the Door”
An Everyday Guide to Understanding the CMS 5 Star Rating

The presentation will cover all 3 aspects of the 5-star rating system for long term care providers. During the presentation, survey, staffing and quality measures will be discussed in depth and the scoring for each measure.  Based on the all three scoring measures, overall scoring for the facilities will be discussed. Finally, strategies, understanding of the RAI manual and a discussion of best practices to help improve the facility 5 star rating.


  • Understand the October 5, 2019 technical guide
  • Understand the scoring of each 5-star measure
  • Practical strategies to improve the 5-star rating
Quality Measures and LTC Survey Pathways

As healthcare providers, often spend time trying to figure out how to navigate the complexities of providing superior patient care while meeting regulatory requirements and promoting our public image.  This webinar will focus on looking at ways the tools and reports already at our disposal can pave the way to making our wish list improvement items become reality.  We will discuss the integration of Quality Measure reports, Department Of Health Survey Pathways and the QAPI process into the daily routine.  The audience will be able to identify how our tools and data reports allow us to anticipate areas for improvement before negative outcomes occur and ways to incorporate the use of these tools into our daily work flow.

Federal Regulations and the Consultant Pharmacist:

Improve your understanding and application the of the State Operations Manual (SOM) regulations and guidance related to pharmacy services. We will be focusing on some trending topics for this year including: medication storage, consultant pharmacy services, and more!


  • Understand and apply the regulations regarding medication storage
  • Understand the consultant pharmacist role from the regulatory and clinical perspective
  • Through regulations and practicality, understand how to best utilize your consultant pharmacist as a part of your interdisciplinary team.
Respiratory Therapy, the MDS & PDPM:
Two respiratory therapists will demonstrate through discussion the importance of respiratory therapy training and competencies for nursing staff. The training and competency evaluation is required to effectively assess patients and provide proper treatment for incoming respiratory patients. By having the necessary training, nurses will meet the PDPM requirements for the nursing component by adhering to the RAI Manual coding requirements for the MDS assessment in section O and assure that facilities are capturing the optimal available points under the new reimbursement system.
Avoiding a Citation for Discharge and Transfer Notifications:

CMS implemented the Final Rule which consisted of three phases for regulatory compliance in long-term care facilities. In November 2017, one of those regulations focused on compliance with transfers and discharges from the long-term care facility.  In order to assist facilities in minimizing the opportunity for an F-622 citation, this webinar will examine the regulation, explain various definitions, and offer suggestions for compliance.

Implementing Vibrant QAPI Program:

This case study presentation reviews the planning and implementation steps taken by the Lutheran SeniorLife Passavant Community to evolve a paper compliant but dull QAPI program into an inclusive, data driven, multi-dimensional program. We have achieved this through passionate leadership, attention to practicality, persistently addressing the barriers to progress, and the patience to allow all departments to learn, apply and finally embrace the value of a true performance improvement process striving for excellence.

Hazardous Drugs & USP 800:

All drugs save lives but hazardous drugs also pose a risk to the healthcare workers who handle and administer them. The new USP 800 Standard establishes processes intended to minimize healthcare worker exposure to hazardous drugs. During this program, we’ll explain why the USP Standards were established, what you need to know about the requirements and the actions needed to create a compliant program in your facility.

Prepare for Surveys & Responding to Adverse Surveys/Licensure Action:

Governmental oversight and scrutiny of nursing homes is at an all-time high. The provider community has seen a major overhaul of the federal requirements of participation for long-term care facilities and an increase in the imposition of civil money penalties by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Pennsylvania Auditor General has released a new audit of DOH and its oversight of nursing homes and DOH continues to move toward the development of updated state nursing facility licensure regulations. This session will address strategies and best practices for nursing facilities to consider in preparing for a survey and pitfalls to avoid during a survey. The session will also explore the appeal options and strategies available to nursing facility providers with respect to challenging deficiencies and/or the imposition of sanctions/remedies in response to an adverse survey, including a focus on the criteria needed to evidence past noncompliance. This webinar titled “Prepare for Surveys & Responding to Adverse Surveys/Licensure Action​” was provided by Tanya Daniels Harris, Esquire of Latsha, Davis & Marshall Attorneys at Law on October 11, 2019 and can be used for education and training.

Tackling Discharge Medication Decisions:

This webinar titles “Tackling Discharge Medications” was provided by Dr. Jennifer Devinney (RPh, PharmD) Chief Clinical Officer for Grane RX on August 15, 2019 and provides valuable information for protocol development and education related to medications at the time of discharge.

Implementing the EPAs Final Rule Regarding Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals:

This webinar titled “Implementing the EPAs Final Rule Regarding Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals” was provided by Dr. Forrest Moore Chief Clinical Officer for Garda RX on September 12, 2019 and provides detailed information related to the EPA rule for HWPs that can be used for education and the development of protocols to ensure compliance with the rule that was effective August 21, 2019.

2019 Convention – Administrative Sessions:

Download the complete audio recordings of the administrative program from the 2019 PADONA annual convention.

2019 Convention – Clinical Sessions:

Download the complete audio recordings of the clinical program from the 2019 PADONA annual convention.

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