Sunday, March 22, 2009

Policy Guidelines Online

These two websites have policy and procedure manuals that you may find useful for developing your own.

http://nursing.uchc.edu/unit_manuals/

http://www.gplan.com.au/index.php?action=view&view=14273&pid=13761
(Scroll down to the RACF Clinical Resource Manual)

Inservice materials: Enteral nutrition care

Rather than develop a slideshow, here are links to sites that will help you create your own staff development session for licensed nurses on enteral nutrition care.

http://www.grs.scot.nhs.uk/instantKB13/FileRedirect.aspx?FileID=1405

http://www.free-ed.net/sweethaven/MedTech/NurseCare/GastroNurse01.asp?iNum=42

http://allnurses.com/general-nursing-discussion/peg-tube-residual-356852.html

http://www.dbh.nhs.uk/Library/Patient_Policies/PAT%20T%2016%20v.2%20-%20Management%20of%20Patients%20following%20PEG.pdf

http://www.gplan.com.au/content/Document/RACF%20Resource%20Manual/Percutaneous%20Endoscopic%20Gastrostomy%20Clinical%20Management%20Flowcharts.pdf

http://www.virginiageriatrics.org/consult/Peg_tube_decisions/index.html

http://www.ambpeds.org/site/sp_int_groups/PHM2005/Troubleshooting1.ppt (for pediatrics but still has some valuable information on the latest research)

http://www.southbirminghampct.nhs.uk/_services/elderly/policies/enteral_feeding_nov07.pdf

http://210.125.93.14/lecture/PDFGuides/HCP24.pdf

QA/QI tools

The Kansas Foundation for Medicare Quality has redesigned their website and now offer better access to the QA and QI tools they have available at http://www.kfmc.org/providers/nh/tools/index.html. The ADL decline section has some good stuff on restorative nursing, and there is also everything you need to set up a skills fair for staff development.

Monday, February 9, 2009

NAB Practice Exam

The NAB practice exam I wrote is available at:
www.scribd.com/doc/8570144/Nab-Review

Finally back

It's been about three months since I've blogged. I've been extremely overworked and also questioning if I want to stay in this insanity known as long term care. Fortunately, I've received a number of very supportive emails from some previously unknown followers of this blog and have decided to get to back to blogspot. Nursing homes are still very far from ideal, much less perfect, and I want to help change that.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Everytime a CNA becomes a NHA, an angel gets its wings

I very rarely talk about myself, but I am going to make an exception just this once. I got my administrator's license!!! I went through the process in Michigan, because if you are a RN you don't have to meet any other requirements besides passing the state and national licensure examinations. I probably won't be running a facility anytime soon as I got the license primarily for enhancing my ever-growing list of credentials and qualifications.

As far as that something special I promised, I am going to put up a NAB test that I constructed myself when I was studying. I found that I can learn and retain information better if I act as if I'm having to teach it, so a mock exam was in order. I don't recall any of the questions I made actually showing up on boards, but it should serve its purpose well and it will save you however much you might otherwise pay for a practice test (I've seen them go for $15 to $75 apiece). Look for it to come out either tomorrow or saturday.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Once again, slides are late

MDS inservices for both CNAs and LPNs is available at http://www.parragonhealth.com/slides.htm. They are over a week late, so watch out for the good thing I have promised.