Regulatory Specialist Diane Brown answers whether a restorative nursing program is a requirement or an added bonus.
Facilities structure restorative nursing programs in many ways. In some facilities, restorative programs are separate from routine nursing care, but in most, the two services are integrated in some manner.
A consistent process for competency assessment is essential throughout the organization for all job classes, contract personnel, and, when indicated, affiliating schools.
Those of us working in healthcare started our careers wanting to improve human life, and it is frustrating at times when it seems that the bureaucracy of regulatory mandates keeps growing.
Evidence-based practice involves supporting your actions with research and data, and basing competencies in evidence is becoming the standard in competency validation.
Given the heavy emphasis on medication use, when you are thinking about care planning you should consider the risk of the medication being used.
Many individuals can work with residents with restorative nursing care needs. The director of nursing (DON) is responsible for overseeing nursing service and its programs and evaluating their effectiveness.
Although administrators do not have to be experts on MDS, they must have a basic understanding and be conversant on MDS, so as to hire people who are qualified to carry out the MDS and who understand the importance of MDS coding.
CMS posted Chapter 6 of the RAI User’s Manual for the MDS 3.0 on the agency’s Web site Wednesday, January 6. CMS also changed the language on their Web site regarding the release of the remaining sections of the RAI User’s Manual.
A nutritional cocktail, called Souvenaid, is believed to help restore the synapses (the junctions between neurons or between a neuron and muscle) in a person’s brain.