AANAC Press Room

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

Outstanding Nurse Leaders and Facility Recognized
April 6, 2018 -Two nurse leaders and one facility will be recognized for their leadership at the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) Annual Conference in Las Vegas on Friday, April 13.

AANAC, AADNS CEO Diane Carter to Retire in 2018 
Nov. 20, 2017 - Diane Carter, MSN, RN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, FAAN, founder, president and CEO, of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) has announced her plan to retire from the associations in April 2018, after leading both associations since their inceptions in 1999 and 2016, respectively.

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.

AANAC in the News

2018

Senior care nurses welcome new legislation that addresses violence in the workplace
Nov. 20, 2018 McKnights.com – “Workplace violence is a serious and growing concern for healthcare workers at all professional levels and across care settings,” Moorhead told McKnight’s. “AAPACN would support efforts to establish minimum standards and protections for healthcare and social service providers. Such standards would be ideally incorporated into a facility’s federally required facility assessment and emergency plans.”

Giving thanks for what matters most in the long-term care profession
Nov. 20, 2018 McKnights.co - “The passion that our members have is so evident in how they seek to do their job,” said the head of the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses. “Our members have suffered West Coast fires, East Coast hurricanes and Midwest floods. We are so thankful for their dedication to care for their residents in times of need.”

Moorhead chosen as new nursing group head
Sept. 14, 2018 McKnights.com - Healthcare executive Tracey Moorhead is the new president and CEO of the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN), American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS).

Carter to take bow at AANAC national conference
McKnights.com - Carter's 19-year tenure will be celebrated and segue into the term of interim CEO Susan Turman, who is currently the group's COO.

2017

Carter to retire as head of AANAC, AADNS
McKnights.com - Carter, who founded the groups and has served at the helm of AANAC since 1999 and AADNS since its inception in 2016, plans to step down in April 2018.

AANAC, AADNS founder and CEO to retire in 2018
iAdvanceseniorcare.com - Diane Carter, MSN, RN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, FAAN, founder, president and CEO, of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services(AADNS) has announced her plan to retire from the associations in April 2018, after leading both associations since their inceptions in 1999 and 2016, respectively.

Care planning and assessments a lengthy process, AANAC reports
iAdvanceseniorcare.com - 
On average, it takes five hours and five minutes to complete one Minimum Data Set (MDS). Nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) spend an average of 80 minutes on the OBRA Comprehensive Assessment, 54 minutes on care planning, and 171 minutes on Care Area Assessments (CAAs).

LTC Nursing Forms New Ties With Academia Via Scholarships, Grants 
Providermagazine.com - The new Long-Term Care (LTC) Nursing Education Foundation is in the business of funding scholarships and academic research grants to boost the number of nurses furthering their careers in the long term care setting as they seek higher educational opportunities. 

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.

Media Contact

Deborah White, VP Membership and Marketing
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