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AANAC Press Room

AANAC is committed to assisting news media representatives by providing up-to-date and relevant information concerning the profession of resident assessment coordination and the field of long-term care nursing.

Recent Press Releases

2017 NAC Work Time Study and Salary Report Released
May 4, 2017 - The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) released the 2017 AANAC Nurse Assessment Coordinator Time Work Study and Salary Report today at the AANAC Annual Conference in St. Louis. 

New Foundation for LTC Nursing Education and Research
Mar. 1, 2017 - The American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN), the parent organization of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) announces the establishment of the Long-Term Care Nursing Education Foundation. 

Outstanding Nursing Home Leaders Recognized
Apr. 8, 2016 - Three healthcare leaders will be recognized for their leadership at the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) Annual Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Friday, April 15.

AADNS Adds Hurley, Grachek to Top Positions
Dec. 15, 2015 - The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) has added Marianna Kern Grachek, MSN, RN, NHA, and Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA, to the executive team of the newly created professional nursing association launching in Spring 2016. 

AANAC Acquires Assets of Nursing Association and Publisher
July 8, 2015 - The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) has purchased the assets of the American Association of Long Term Care Nursing (AALTCN) and the Health Education Network (HEN), publisher of all educational materials made available through AALTCN. 

LTC Nurse Leadership Summit Addresses Future of the Profession
May 29, 2015  The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) hosted a Nurse Leadership Summit on May 6 in New Orleans.

Healthcare Leaders Recognized
Apr. 4, 2015 – Three healthcare leaders will be recognized for their leadership at the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Average MDS Completion Time
Jan. 29, 2014 – New research findings released by the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) reveal that MDS coordinators/nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) spend an average of five hours and eight minutes per resident completing a comprehensive assessment.

AANAC in the News

2017

Top 10 dementia care rules for nursing homes
iAdvanceseniorcare.com - For nursing facilities caring for residents with dementia, the new rules have a particular bite; dementia care and cognitive impairment are mentioned over 150 times, directly impacting 10 federal deficiency tags and cross-referencing multiple others. What a perfect time to check your knowledge of the rules and ensure compliance.

2016

How the RAI Manual changes encourage collaboration
iAdvanceseniorcare.com - AANAC's Judi Kulus, RN breaks down the impacts of the new RAI Manual changes and why SNF needs to collaborate better among their care teams and with their outside partners—including therapy providers and home health.

One on one ...What does everyone in LTC need to focus more on in 2017?
iAdvanceseniorcare.com - The importance of nursing and administrative leadership, especially in this new era of data collection. Judi Kulus [Vice President of Curriculum Development, AANAC] talks about constantly encouraging your staff to realize why they're doing what they're doing, and why they’re documenting thoroughly every day.

Working in Underserved Communities Offers Nurses Invaluable Skills
Dailynurse.com - Cloud says professional organizations have also allowed him to stay current with new innovations and trends. “Many professional organizations, such as AANAC [American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination], have websites that update you with information, trends, and changes in the field and they also send out monthly or quarterly newsletters,” he says.

New nursing services group promises a 'proactive' voice
McKnights.com - A new, post-acute care nursing organization looks to bring a “fresh and proactive” approach to the field, its leader says. The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS), sister organization to the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC), formed in March.

MDS Update: Gearing up for Section GG charting
iAdvanceseniorcare.com - The new section, which documents a resident's functional ability and assistance levels, has a compliance date of October 1, 2016.  AANAC's Judi Kulus, RN breaks down what you need to know.

Harness the MDS for dementia care
McKnights.com - Unfortunately, dementia care service is complex and includes pressure to comply with federal regulations. In the interpretive guidelines for care of residents with dementia, CMS instructs surveyors to determine whether the facility staff are using the care plan to provide the resident with the necessary care and services, are evaluating the resident's outcomes and changing the interventions as needed. 

2015

AANAC making plans for DON organization
McKnights.com - Long-term care nurse executives have announced they will be introducing an organization for directors of nursing in a few months.

PACCR Faculty Spotlight
PACCR.org - We are thrilled to focus this month on Judi Kulus (RN, MAT, NHA, RAC-MT, C-NE), who serves as vice president of curriculum development for the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC).

Rehospitalizations can be avoided, expert emphasizes
McKnights.com – “We don't want to have hospitalizations that are avoidable,” said Lisa Hohlbein, RN, RAC-MT, CDP, CADDCT, a curriculum development specialist at AANAC. 

MDS assessment accuracy and quality outcome success
LTLmagazine.com – Nursing home Five-Star quality ratings, increasing MDS focused surveys and resident expectations puts nursing home care systems under the microscope with the MDS assessment data right in the middle of the target. 

LTC nursing organizations merge to develop unified certification, lobbying
McKnights.com – The decision to unite as one organization came after the AANAC-hosted Nurse Leadership Summit in May, where long-term care professionals gathered to discuss challenges and the changing landscape of the nursing profession.

Breaking news: AANAC buys AALTCN
LTLmagazine.com – The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) has purchased the assets of the American Association of Long Term Care Nursing (AALTCN) and the Health Education Network (HEN), the publisher of educational materials distributed via AALTCN.

Skin in the MDS Game
McKnights.com – Section M explores skin assessment so thoroughly that “there is no way to accurately answer the questions without a nurse having done a complete head-to-toe skin assessment of the resident,” states Judi Kulus, RN, vice president of curriculum development for the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination.

3 priorities for nurse leaders
LTLmagazine.com – Three priorities for nurse leaders working in long-term care include finding ways to empower nurses as leaders, changing the care model and elevating the voice of the profession. So determined the 23 people attending the Nurse Leadership Summit hosted by the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) earlier this month.

Profile: Diane Carter
McKnight’s Long Term Care News – When Diane Carter was 14 years old, she volunteered as a candy striper at a nursing home near her home in Denver. She loved it, mostly because she enjoyed listening to all the stories the residents shared.

Talking about and speaking up for nurses
McKnights.com – “Let's make the veiller!” This popular Cajun phrase means, “Let's spend the evening talking with friends.” And that's exactly what more than 700 long-term care nurses and professionals did at the 2015 American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination Annual Conference in New Orleans earlier this month.

Lori Martin recognized as outstanding leader
Issaquahpress.com – Lori Martin was presented with the Nurse Assessment Coordinator of the Year award May 6 at the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination Annual Conference in New Orleans.

AANAC annual conference kicks off Wednesday
McKnights.com – The sights and sounds of New Orleans will be on full display, along with cutting-edge commentary and learning when the annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination takes place May 6-8.

Nurse Assessment Coordinator Study Report Released
Longtermcareleader.com – The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) has released the summary report of its 2015 Nurse Assessment Coordinator Study.

2014

Legislation proposes mandating 24/7 nursing staff in nursing homes
Healthcaredive.com – The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination combed through Nursing Home Compare and estimated that about 11.4% of nursing homes don't have registered nurses 24 hours a day. 

Where Are the Nurses?
NYTimes.com – There’s little published research, but the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination — one of several nursing organizations backing the bill — rooted through the ratings data on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare site for 2012. 

MDS staff face time crunches
McKnight’s Long Term Care News  Each nursing home resident assessment takes five hours on average for a Minimum Data Set or nurse coordinator to finish, according to survey results from the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination.

One MDS assessment may take a NAC more than five hours to complete: study
LTLmagazine.com – The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) surveyed more than 1,400 of its members who reported that their primary role is that of a nurse assessment coordinator (NAC).

Resident assessments and care planning quality are threatened by nurses' unrelated duties, survey finds
McKnights.com – Filling out a comprehensive assessment for a nursing home resident takes five hours on average, and nurses' workloads can make it difficult to carve out this time, according to survey results from the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination.

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