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2020 Convention Session Recordings

PADONA offers recordings and presentation material from our annual convention sessions. These sessions are designed to provide long-term care nurses with education and training.

2020 Convention Sessions

Purchase Convention Sessions for Education & Training

Purchase audio recordings and presentation material from our convention sessions to help train your team. Sessions are available to both PADONA members & non-members.

Once your payment has been received and membership status verified, you will receive an email with a link to download the session recordings and presentation material. For payment questions contact Candace Jones at

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.

Bite-sized Training: Effective and Fun Ways to Train Your Team in Soft Skills

Customer service, teamwork, communication, leadership and problem solving. These are all skills critical to nurses and nursing assistants. Yet, who has the time to effectively train the team? This program will provide you with strategies for providing training for y our team in bite-sized, manageable chunks. Learn the why, the what and how to of soft-skills training and walk away with a list of training activities, curriculum design tips and follow-up strategies.


  • Identify soft skills that are helpful in the nursing department
  • Describe a structure for bite-sized soft-skills training curriculum
  • Participate in skills practice activities you can replicate for your team
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness (EP) Conditions of Participation (COPs) for Long Term Care (LTC) Facilities – The Pennsylvania Experience over the two years since implementation

Building on a quick review of the CMS COPs for emergency preparedness, this program will look the anecdotal experiences and reported findings of CMS inspections of Pennsylvania LTC’s focused on the COP’s for emergency preparedness that went to effect November 2017.


  • Participants will recognize the Requirements for Emergency Preparedness Programs
  • Participants will be able to identify the intent of the requirements
  • Participants will be able to identify the top 5 findings for EP over the first 2 years of requirement
CBD and Medical Marijuana Use in Senior Living

CBD and medical marijuana are starting to be seen more and more in long-term facilities. These are very different products but also have some similarities between them. To effectively deal with their use it is important to understand the efficacy, therapeutic benefits and any risks for the patient that may exist with their use. Many states have legalized the use of medical marijuana, but despite these state decisions, marijuana use continues to be illegal on the federal level. These has created a great deal of confusion about the use of CBD and other marijuana-based products. The science and business communities are both rapidly changing public views on the use of these products throughout our entire society. Over time these products will be brought forward on a more regular basis as potential therapies for our residents. This session will help you understand these products and prepare you for what’s coming in the industry in order to keep your staff, residents and family members safe and happy.


  • Explain the history of CBD and Marijuana
  • Discuss cannabis-based medications and supplements
  • Explore the legality of the use of CBD and Marijuana in the US
Millennials: The Emerging Generation of Caregivers

For years, the role of caregiver was primarily filled by middle-aged or elderly individuals caring for their aging parents or spouses. Caregiver demographics are changing and today many millennials are taking on complex caregiving roles. Data from a recent AARP study show that each year, about 40 million American adults provide support with basic functional tasks to help individuals remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Of these 40 million caregivers, almost 25% or 1 in 4 is part of the millennial generation. On average millennials provide more than 20 hours per week in care and are more involved in care giving than ever before.


  • Describe relevant demographic statistics for the millennial caregiver and identify personal, psych
  • List possible resources and strategies healthcare providers can offer to millennial caregivers
  • Illustrate ways employers can support millennial caregivers in their roles
ED Avoidance: How to Direct Patients Away from Unnecessary Hospital Visits

Quickly assess and direct qualified patients from the ED to an appropriate skilled nursing facility or home health; and community patients with homecare to a SNF based upon a robust and communicative post-acute network with identified clinical capabilities and working in unison on joint goals of decreased cost and increase patient experience.


  • How to avoid unnecessary ED usage and observation stays
  • How to avoid unnecessary hospital readmissions
  • How to partner with post-acute partners to increase 24/7 communication and patient experience
Employee Success on a Continuum – from Orientation to Annual Training

An effective orientation program allows the new hire to feel welcomed, gain confidence, and become an asset to the company. The company benefits by gaining an invested employee with the hopes to increase retention. Success starts with realizing there may be opportunities for improvement and continues with examining options. Kick start the on-boarding process by establishing an advantageous orientation program and continuing the momentum with beneficial and/or required trainings. Learn about low-cost, high impact tools that are the catalyst to “reaching the stars,” and maintaining continuous process improvement, better resident experiences, and staff and leadership engagement. By implementing a technique called Shadowing, you will be able to capture the true current state of care from the residents’ perspective, build high-functioning teams that evaluate the data and design impactful projects, and bring staff, leadership and resident engagement to a new level.


  • Identify new ideas for an orientation program
  • Determine assessment criteria for program efficacy
  • Recognize reasons programs have failed
Medication Safety Through Transitions of Care

This presentation will take a single resident through multiple care settings. It will highlight the importance of medication reconciliation and Drug Regimen Review (IMPACT Act) and appropriate diagnoses as evidenced by the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) while identifying clinical implications and other adverse events throughout the movement between care settings.


  • Evaluate a single resident transitioning through multiple care settings
  • Identify clinical implications and other adverse events
  • Review the role of medication reconciliation and drug regimen review, an effective antibiotic stewardship program and the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM)
Developing and implementing an Effective Competency Evaluation Program

In accordance with the SNF Requirements of Participation, facilities must have sufficient nursing and nurse aides staff with the appropriate competencies and skills sets to provide nursing and related services to assure resident safety and attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident, as determined by resident assessments and individual plans of care and considering the number, acuity and diagnoses of the facility’s resident population in accordance with the facility assessment. This program will address why competencies are important, how to identify key employee skills sets required to perform the job, state steps to implement an effective competency training program and discuss methods to demonstrate successful implementation of the program.


  • State three reasons an effective competency program is important
  • Identify the key job requirements and skill set needed for nursing staff
  • Understand how the facility assessment drives competencies
Nighttime Elimination: Strategies to Promote Restful Sleep

This course recognizes the value of sleep for overall health and wellness. Sleep disturbances create fragmented sleep cycles prohibiting restful/restorative sleep. Nocturia and incontinence related care is one of the most common causes of sleep disruption for the elderly. Fragmented sleep increases the risk of falls, reduces quality of daytime life activities and impacts overall health including psychosocial, dietary, ADL, and physical needs. This course will review the cycles and function of sleep, the impact of nighttime elimination, the benefits of restorative sleep and strategies to promote a more restful restorative sleep culture.


  • Strengthen critical thinking skills by applying root cause analysis to restorative sleep
  • Challenge standard practices that reduce quality of sleep and develop a culture to instead promote restorative sleep
  • Inspire implementation of strategies for restorative sleep to support improved resident quality of life and improved clinical outcomes
Understanding Quality Measures

As healthcare professionals living in a world that is more data driven everyday it is essential to understand the information provided to us and how we can use that data to develop plans that support the outcomes we desire. This presentation will focus on MDS driven data and the tools we have available to help us understand the information provided to us. We will explore available tools and look at practical ways to implement those tools to create quality centered improvements. Special focus will be placed on residents who fall and the quality measures surrounding those individuals.


  • Identify residents who will trigger the Long Stay Quality Measure Percent of Residents Experiencing One or More Falls with Major Injury
  • State ways the Accident and Neglect Critical Element Pathways can be used to improve resident outcomes
  • Understand the correlation between the Fall Quality Measures and the management of Bowel and Bladder Continence and Urinary Tract Infections
  • Understand what MDS data will trigger the Behavior Sx affecting others Quality Measure
  • Identify ways that Dementia Care Critical Element Pathway can assist in creating better behavior outcomes
Anatomy of an IDR

Presenter will outline the IDR process and break down the key components for preparing and writing an IDR. Presenter will provide tips on presenting credible evidence to support the informal dispute by utilizing real case scenarios.


  • Understand the IDR Process
  • Describe and Understand the Framework and key components for preparing an IDR
  • Demonstrate understanding of tools needed for a successful IDR
Melding Infection Prevention with Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement

Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) is a comprehensive approach to ensuring high quality care. QAPI is a systematic, comprehensive, data-driven, proactive approach to performance management and improvement. Infection Prevention is a comprehensive, data-driven, proactive, scientific approach designed to prevent harm caused by infection. This presentation will identify the components of a QAPI program and discuss ways to incorporate infection prevention activities.


  • Identify the five elements of Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI)
  • Describe the similarities between QAPI and IP and discuss the importance of risk assessment and goal setting
Implementing Changes: EPA, IMPACT Act, USP 800, DRR vs. MRR, and PDPM – How’s It Going?

Speakers will take participants on a journey through a resident stay from pre-admission to discharge. Steps to effect proper payment and positive quality measures outcomes will be discussed. Participants will be able to identify the key components of documentation necessary to assure correct type and timing of assessments, accuracy of diagnoses coding, and how to properly manage medication disposal/return.


  • Understand the impact of timely and accurate ICD-IO and MDS coding related to PDPM
  • Recognize the role of the Interdisciplinary team related to drivers of PDPM and Quality Measures
  • Identify various, updated pharmacy requirements: EPA, IMPACT Act, USP 800
Implementation of a Vibrant QAPI Program: A Case Study of Passion, Practicality, Persistence and Patience

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.


  • Explain the relationship of Mission, Key Processes, and Metrics to a dynamic QAPI Program
  • Define the necessary baseline assessments needed to understand “Where We Are”
  • Explain the presentational framework of “Wat’s So”, “So What”, and “What Now”

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