The Long-Term Care Director of Nursing Field Guide,  Fourth Edition

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The Long-Term Care Director of Nursing Field Guide, Fourth Edition

Whether you’re a new director of nursing or an experienced veteran looking for recertification, look no further than The Long-Term Care Director of Nursing Field Guide, Fourth Edition. This updated edition is a must-have resource to improve quality of care, cut costs, and sharpen your leadership and management skills.

This resource will help you institute smart hiring practices, an effective orientation program, and a positive work environment to build and motivate a competent, cohesive staff. Updates include sections dedicated to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), new survey process, MDS 3.0, new audit threats, and more.

Updated content includes:

  • PDPM coverage
  • Cultural competence overview
  • Competency review reflects new Requirements of Participation (ROP)
  • Updated to reflect new ROPs for QAPI
  • Updated regulatory compliance information 

This book will help readers:

  • Learn tactics to avoid audit scrutiny 
  • Understand the appeals process 
  • Withstand survey scrutiny by improving documentation  
  • Create and manage a budget that best fits the needs of your facility 

Click here to access chapter previews.

Published: May 2020

Page count: 294
Dimensions: 8.5 X 11
ISBN: 2020978-1-64535-057-6

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Director of Nursing’s Role in Leadership
Chapter 2: Successful Orientation of the Newly Hired Employee
Chapter 3: Communication
Chapter 4: Long-Term Care Facility Finance
Chapter 5: Planning and Budgeting
Chapter 6: Time Management and Delegation
Chapter 7: Conflict Resolution and Managing Complaints
Chapter 8: The Disciplinary Process and Terminations
Chapter 9: Assessing Competencies
Chapter 10: Standards of Care
Chapter 11: Quality Assurance/Benchmarking
Chapter 12: Caring for Residents with Pressure Injuries
Chapter 13: Risk Management
Chapter 14: Regulatory Compliance


About the Authors

Barbara Acello, MS, RN, is an independent nurse consultant and educator in Denton, Texas. She is a member of the Texas Nurses™ Association, NANDA International, and the American College of Healthcare Administrators, where she was honored with the Educator of the Year Award for 2007 and the Journalism Award for 2009. Acello has worked as a director of nursing, administrator, and long-term care facility consultant and educator; she has held numerous corporate-level positions in eight states. Presently, she is involved with freelance consulting, lecturing, and writing. She has written many textbooks, journal articles, and other materials related to acute and long-term care nursing, as well as nursing assistant practice and education. Although she has worked in acute care, emergency room, and EMS, long-term care is her preferred practice setting. She is committed to improving working conditions, education, and professionalism for nurses and nursing assistants in long-term care facilities. She may be contacted at 

About the Reviewer:

Stefanie Corbett, DHA, is a healthcare educator, consultant, researcher, and author. She has a special affinity for seniors, and has devoted her professional career to advocating for and advancing the quality of healthcare for the older adults.

After a track record of successful nursing home leadership over several years, Stefanie transitioned to the public sector and served as the Deputy Director of Health Regulation for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, where she was ultimately responsible for enforcing regulatory compliance at all 6,000+ healthcare organizations across the state, including: hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, home health agencies, and etc. She was tasked with overseeing the federal certification and state licensing teams, monitoring major state/federal regulatory policy issues, leading the promulgation of state regulations, and providing guidance to healthcare providers, consumers, advocacy groups and political constituents. 

After establishing herself as a resource for various stakeholders in healthcare, Stefanie founded a consulting firm, Corbett Healthcare Solutions, to assist post-acute care organizations with regulatory compliance and operations management. She travels the country teaching and advising post-acute care clients on how to achieve and maintain compliance, while maintaining quality as a priority. In addition to owning and operating her consulting firm, Stefanie has served as department chair taught and taught as a professor in bachelors and masters programs in healthcare administration.

Stefanie obtained a Doctor of Health Administration degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English degree. She is the author of Competency-Based Care & Facility Assessments: A Compliance Guide for F726 and F838; Long-Term Care Quality Measures: A Guide to Data Analysis, Performance Improvement, and Public Reporting; and The Theft Prevention Guide for Senior Living. She is the co-author of the SNF Compliance and Ethics Toolkit.