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

AAPACN Builds on 20 Years of Success and Sets a Course for the Future
Apr. 3, 2019 - Before the largest gathering of nurse assessment coordinators and directors of nursing in their twenty-year history, the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) announced today a new brand and parent organization, the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN).

Hicks, Stewart Join AAPACN Executive Team
Feb. 19, 2019 – The American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) has added Kim Hicks and Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT to the executive team.

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.

AANAC in the News

2019

Provider Chief Optimistic about PDPM, Despite Worries about Therapy Backlash
Apr. 7, 2019 McKnights.com - The Patient-Drive Payment Model takes effect October 1 but has not been finalized, something that’s creating many anxious stakeholders, including members of the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services and the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination.  

20/20 Focus on the Future For Post Acute-Care Leaders
Apr. 5, 2019 McKnights.com - This envisioned future of post-acute care will only strengthen the need for skilled patient assessment and clinical leaders. These leaders will be the backbone of every post-acute care provider organization and will need strong clinical and technical skills for understanding, identifying and coding patient characteristics to justify treatment and ensure appropriate payment.

Therapy's Value Championed Despite PDPM Kneecapping
Apr. 5, 2019 McKnights.com  - It took the better part of an hour to happen, but underlying tensions among professional groups eventually bubbled out Thursday during a discussion about implications of the Patient-Driven Payment Model at the 2019 AANAC and AADNS Conference.

Profile: Tracey Moorhead is Sprinting to Her Goals
Mar. 7, 2019 McKnights.com - When Tracey Moorhead came of age, she had a goal: become a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service, specializing in Russia.  But when she graduated from George Washington University in 1989, the downfall of the Soviet Union meant she had to pick a new career path.

DON Job Challenges Rise as Shortage of Nurses Continues
Feb. 6, 2019 Provider.com - A new report shows how nurse staffing shortages are making it increasingly difficult for directors of nursing services (DONs) to do their jobs, which is impacting their overall job satisfaction and causing burnout within the profession. These findings are part of the 2019 AADNS Director of Nursing Services Work Study and Salary Report published by AAPACN.

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.com - “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.

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