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Nursing curriculums that better promote the care of older adults would help ease nursing student ambivalence toward clinical placements in nursing homes, suggests a study published online in Nurse Education Today.  “Evidence indicates that nursing students do not view nursing home placements as…
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By Melissa Bailey and Shoshana Dubnow, Kaiser Health News Joan Phillips, a certified nursing assistant in a Florida nursing home, loved her job but dreaded the danger of going to work in the pandemic. When vaccines became available in December, she jumped at the chance to get one. Months later,…
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By Sandy West, Kaiser Health News HOUSTON — When the big, red and extremely loud fire alarm went off in Maria Skladzien’s apartment, the 74-year-old ventured into the hallway with fellow residents of her Houston-area senior living community. The brutal winter storm that swept through Texas had…
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How a nursing home patient will react to an emergency department transfer can be predicted by comorbidity and functional abilities, yet challenged by acute conditions and associated stress, according to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging.   “Nursing home residents’…
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By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News For nearly a year, nursing homes and assisted living centers have been mostly closed to visitors. Now, it’s time for them to open back up and relieve residents of crushing isolation, according to a growing chorus of long-term care experts, caregivers, consumer…
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By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News The plaudits have faded for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Once hailed as a paragon of pandemic governing, he’s since come under scorching criticism for undercounting the state’s covid deaths among nursing home residents by as much as half. The tallying flap…
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Nursing home residents with advanced dementia had fewer hospital transfers when they resided in facilities that followed best practices for the integration of palliative care and infection management, according to a study published online ahead of print in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.  “An…
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The perceived professional role and identity of nursing home physicians significantly influences their antibiotic prescribing, according to a study published online in BMJ Open Quality. “Appealing to the role that prescribers see themselves offers a unique opportunity to encourage desired changes…
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By Aneri Pattani, Kaiser Health News CONCORD, N.C. — It had been months since Tremellia Hobbs had an excuse to bring out the pompoms. Before the pandemic, they were a crowd favorite at movie nights and bingo tournaments that Hobbs organized as activities director at the Brian Center Health &…
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Continuously employing the same nursing caregivers in the same facility may enhance nursing home quality of care, according to a study published online in The Gerontologist.   For the investigation, researcher Nicholas G. Castle, PhD, of West Virginia University used staffing data obtained from a…
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