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

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

Barbara Acello, MS, RN

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, Third Edition, the only guide endorsed by the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care (NADONA). 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 CMS' new survey process, MDS 3.0, new audit threats, and more. It also provides a new study guide for the CDONA exam, endorsed by NADONA.

Updated content includes: 

  • Coverage of CMS’ revised Conditions of Participation from October 2016, which largely affect the role of DONs 
  • A new study guide for the CDONA exam, endorsed by NADONA 

This book will help readers: 

  • Learn tactics to avoid audit scrutiny 
  • Understand the appeals process 
  • Withstand MAC, RAC, ZPIC, CERT, and MIC scrutiny by improving documentation 
  • Create and manage a budget that best fits the needs of your facility 

About the Author: 

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

Published: 10/30/2017

Page count:  294
Dimensions: 8.5 X 11 
ISBN: 978-1-68308-649-9

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