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  • Grief, Trauma, & The Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff: For Facilities

    Contains 6 Component(s)
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    Welcome to the Grief, Trauma, & the Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff course for facility groups. Since this is an option designed for group/team viewing, only one person from a facility should register as the facility representative. This can be the facility Administrator or Director of Nursing. Once the course has been purchased, you will receive an email confirmation with next steps. Please note: this course does not offer CE upon completion and access expires one year from purchase.

    COVID-19 has rocked the country and the globe.  With tens of millions of confirmed cases, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and countless people who have been directly and indirectly impacted it is no wonder why trauma and grief are so high.  COVID-19 is not choosey as to who it targets but is like a wildfire burning out of control.  Regardless of whether you are in the trenches battling against the war or seeking isolation to prevent the virus from reaching you every person has been impacted.  This three part training will provide a comprehensive overview of COVID-19, as well as grief and trauma and the impact it has on residents and staff.  The first part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on the grief process. Participants are encouraged to review all three parts to gain the full insight of the impact COVID-19 has had and the connection to grief and trauma.  The second part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on trauma as well as providing trauma-informed care to both residents and staff.  The third part will review the core practices for providing care to both residents and staff and the relationship to trauma, grief, and COVID-19.

     
    Total course objectives/outcomes include:
    1. Explain the basics of how COVID-19 spreads and how to reduce potential spread.
    2. Describe the grief process.
    3. Identify the five common stages of grief and how they apply to COVID-19.
    4. Discuss anticipatory grief and the relationship to COVID-19.
    5. Explore methods to manage grief during COVID-19.
    6. Explain trauma as it relates to COVID-19 and its impact.
    7. Explore trauma-informed care and the correlation to COVID-19.
    8. Discuss the Core Practices and the relationship to COVID-19 care.
    9. Describe the process for bringing it all together to provide care to residents and staff.
    10. Discuss the Core Practices and the relationship to COVID-19 care.
    Cost:
    $250 for AHCA/NCAL Members
    $650 for general public/ non-members
    Audience:

    All staff and leadership in long-term care facilities

    How to Register:
    1. If you are new to this site, you will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT. AHCA/NCAL members will need to add the facility name to their profile at the time of creating an account. If you cannot locate your facility by name, then search by zip code. Non-Members, you are welcome to add your company name. If you do not see it listed, please email educate@ahca.org and we will help you. 
    2. Members who have an existing account can login using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password. Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register. If you have forgotten your password click here. If you are new to the site you can create an account here. After doing so, you will be able to register for the webinar.
    3. After you create your account, go back to the course and click REGISTERYou will then be prompted to complete the payment process in your cart.
    4. Once you have purchased the course, it will be conveniently located in your "My Dashboard". To begin the course, click the Course contents tab. Then click on the first item and complete it. You can move through the course at your own pace, stopping and returning to where you left off anytime.
    5. To avoid technical problems, use CHROME. Do not use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer does not work well with this site.
    6. If you need assistance, please e-mail your questions to educate@ahca.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Grief, Trauma, & The Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff

    Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits
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    COVID-19 has rocked the country and the globe.  With tens of millions of confirmed cases, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and countless people who have been directly and indirectly impacted it is no wonder why trauma and grief are so high.  COVID-19 is not choosey as to who it targets but is like a wildfire burning out of control.  Regardless of whether you are in the trenches battling against the war or seeking isolation to prevent the virus from reaching you every person has been impacted.  This three part training will provide a comprehensive overview of COVID-19, as well as grief and trauma and the impact it has on residents and staff.  The first part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on the grief process. Participants are encouraged to review all three parts to gain the full insight of the impact COVID-19 has had and the connection to grief and trauma.  The second part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on trauma as well as providing trauma-informed care to both residents and staff.  The third part will review the core practices for providing care to both residents and staff and the relationship to trauma, grief, and COVID-19.

     
    Total course objectives/outcomes include:
    1. Explain the basics of how COVID-19 spreads and how to reduce potential spread.
    2. Describe the grief process.
    3. Identify the five common stages of grief and how they apply to COVID-19.
    4. Discuss anticipatory grief and the relationship to COVID-19.
    5. Explore methods to manage grief during COVID-19.
    6. Explain trauma as it relates to COVID-19 and its impact.
    7. Explore trauma-informed care and the correlation to COVID-19.
    8. Discuss the Core Practices and the relationship to COVID-19 care.
    9. Describe the process for bringing it all together to provide care to residents and staff.
    10. Discuss the Core Practices and the relationship to COVID-19 care.
    Continuing Education:

    3.50 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion and 3.0 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.

    Cost:
    $100 for AHCA/NCAL Members
    $450 for general public/ non-members
    Audience:

    All staff and leadership in long-term care facilities

    How to Register:
    1. If you are new to this site, you will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT. AHCA/NCAL members will need to add the facility name to their profile at the time of creating an account. If you cannot locate your facility by name, then search by zip code. Non-Members, you are welcome to add your company name. If you do not see it listed, please email educate@ahca.org and we will help you. 
    2. Members who have an existing account can login using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password. Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register. If you have forgotten your password click here. If you are new to the site you can create an account here. After doing so, you will be able to register for the webinar.
    3. After you create your account, go back to the course and click REGISTERYou will then be prompted to complete the payment process in your cart.
    4. Once you have purchased the course, it will be conveniently located in your "My Dashboard". To begin the course, click the Course contents tab. Then click on the first item and complete it. You can move through the course at your own pace, stopping and returning to where you left off anytime.
    5. To avoid technical problems, use CHROME. Do not use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer does not work well with this site.
    6. If you need assistance, please e-mail your questions to educate@ahca.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
    How can an organization group register and pay?

    AHCA offers the following discount structure for groups: 

    • 5-9 - $10 off each
    • 10-19 - $15 off each
    • 20 or more - $20 off each
    To register by Check, follow these instructions:
    • Email educate@ahca.org to request a payment form. A representative at this email address will forward to you a payment form and spreadsheet. 
    • Both payment form and spreadsheet detailing individual registrants should be returned to educate@ahca.org.
    • The payment form along with full payment should be remitted to AHCA/NCAL, ATTN: Finance Department, 1201 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.
    • Once payment is confirmed and registrant information has been processed, individual registrants will receive an e-mail from educate@ahca.org with information to access the Grief, Trauma, & The Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff Training.

    Please contact educate@ahca.org if you have any questions.

    To register by Credit Card, follow these instructions:

    Credit Card payments are accepted online via ahcancalED. 

    • Email educate@ahca.org to request a payment form. A representative at this email address will forward to you a payment form. 
    • The payment form should be returned to educate@ahca.org
    • Once received, a representative will email you with a unique discount code to apply to your cart. 
    • Once payment has been processed, individual registrants will receive an e-mail from educate@ahca.org with information to access the Grief, Trauma, & The Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff Training.
    When purchasing online with credit card, follow these instructions:

    Please use Google Chrome for the best user experience. One individual can purchase multiple registrations for more participants by adding them to their cart during the checkout process. Please note, for this option to work, every participant will need to have an ahcancalED account first. 

    To add several participants, please click the green button in the cart that says: 

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    You will then be able to search for more than one participant using their email address. If the person making payment should not have access to the course, then you can remove yourself by clicking the red "remove" button by your name.

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    *Payment Tip: The price of the training will be based on each registrant’s member type (member or non-member). please be sure when you are paying with a credit card the bill-to and shipping address are the same* 

    If you need assistance, please email educate@ahca.org

  • Basics of Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    The COVID_19 pandemic has challenged infection prevention and control practices.  This course will review how COVID-19 spreads, what signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are, and report illness.  It will review what your role is in reporting suspicions of respiratory illness.  It will review the basics of infection prevention and control practices including the future of infection prevention and control. 

    This course is appropriate for all people who work in nursing homes.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss what COVID-19 is
    • Identify signs and symptoms of COVID-19
    • Explain your role in reporting suspicions of COVID-19
    • Discuss basics of infection prevention and control practices
    • Examine the future of infection prevention and control

    This program is free and available to AHCA/NCAL members and general public. 

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP

    Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP is the Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association (AHCA).  She joined the AHCA family in June 2019 and has been actively involved with a variety of education, tools and resources such as: trauma-informed care, behavioral health, functional outcomes improvement, and infection prevention and control.  Prior to joining AHCA, Pam worked for the Nebraska Health Care Association as the Vice President of Professional Development for seven years.  She is an active member in the American Nurses Association as well as the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses.  Pam has over 20 years of long-term care experience and shares a passion for growing education and cultivating new leaders in long-term care.  

    Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) Version 2

    $450 AHCA/NCAL Members | $650 Non-Members   REGISTER HERE

    AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) is a specialized course of study for healthcare professionals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) as established in the CMS Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in a nursing center.

    It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a center’s Infection Prevention & Control program. 

    5 ANCC approved contact hours and 22 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion.

    Infection Prevention and Control Core Practices for Managing COVID-19

    Free to AHCA/NCAL members   REGISTER HERE 

    This package includes six action briefs that focus on five key areas in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Action briefs are designed to be quick references to help long-term care providers with meaningful implementation and tips. Please reach out to AHCA/NCAL at covid19@ahca.org with any questions.

    Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    $199 AHCA/NCAL Member | $249 Non-Member    REGISTER HERE 

    Intended for Nurses, Administrators, Nursing Home Leadership/Management (Clinical & Non-Clinical Leaders). 3 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion.

    3 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion and 3 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.

  • Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the healthcare industry to its core.  Infection prevention and control practices have been challenged at every corner.  This course will review how COVID-19 spreads, how to track and report the illness including the regulatory requirements for infection prevention and control.  It will review the basics of infection prevention and control practices and will look at the future of infection prevention and control.  The course will describe the process for cohorting and utilizing testing to inform cohorting practices.  It will look at how to conduct self-assessment processes to continually evaluate and improve the infection prevention and control program in long term care centers.  Lastly, the course will review the process and necessity of screening practices and notifications to residents, families, and their representatives including the importance of communication.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Describe the biology and spread of COVID-19 
    • Explain the regulatory requirements 
    • Discuss tracking illness & reporting to States/NHSN
    • Identify steps for monitoring staff use of PPE, TBC, & handwashing 
    • Describe the process of cohorting 
    • Discuss using ICAR to conduct self-assessment 
    • Explain the process and necessity for screening visitors 
    • Discuss notifying residents, families, & resident representatives 
    • Review infection prevention and control in the post-COVID-19 world
    3.0 NAB approved CEs and 3 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing will be awarded upon successful completion of the quiz. 
    Intended Audience: 

    Nurses, Administrators, Nursing Home Leadership/Management (Clinical & Non-Clinical Leaders)

    Cost:
    • $199 AHCA/NCAL members
    • $249 general public/ nonmembers 

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP

    Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP is the Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association (AHCA).  She joined the AHCA family in June 2019 and has been actively involved with a variety of education, tools and resources such as: trauma-informed care, behavioral health, functional outcomes improvement, and infection prevention and control.  Prior to joining AHCA, Pam worked for the Nebraska Health Care Association as the Vice President of Professional Development for seven years.  She is an active member in the American Nurses Association as well as the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses.  Pam has over 20 years of long-term care experience and shares a passion for growing education and cultivating new leaders in long-term care.  

    Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) Version 2

    $450 AHCA/NCAL Members | $650 Non-Members   REGISTER HERE

    AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) is a specialized course of study for healthcare professionals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) as established in the CMS Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in a nursing center.

    It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a center’s Infection Prevention & Control program. 

    5 ANCC approved contact hours and 22 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion.

    Infection Prevention and Control Core Practices for Managing COVID-19

    Free to AHCA/NCAL members   REGISTER HERE 

    This package includes six action briefs that focus on five key areas in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Action briefs are designed to be quick references to help long-term care providers with meaningful implementation and tips. Please reach out to AHCA/NCAL at covid19@ahca.org with any questions.

    Basics of Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    Free to AHCA/NCAL members & general public    REGISTER HERE 

    This course is appropriate for all people who work in nursing homes.

  • High Intensity Physical Rehabilitation In Medically Complex Populations

    Contains 3 Component(s)
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    NOTE: The individual who wants to take the course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course under their individual login. With 48 hours, a second email will be sent from University of Colorado with your course enrollment link.

    The American Health Care Association and the University of Colorado (CU) RESTORE Team are pleased to offer High Intensity Physical Rehabilitation In Medically Complex Populations.

    Many older adults are at risk for functional decline due to underlying medical complexity, as well as deconditioning following a bout of inpatient care. This course will present an evidenced-based approach for the implementation of a high intensity progressive rehabilitation paradigm, offered as an evolution of current, lower intensity post-acute treatment approaches to address this constellation of needs. Rehabilitation professionals (Physical Therapist & Physical Therapist Assistant; Occupational Therapist & Occupational Therapy Assistant) will have access to an interactive multimedia learning experience including responsive, self-paced presentation of foundational concepts, simulated case scenarios, and a moderated discussion environment for learning with fellow clinicians - all informed by the latest learning science and innovative technology.

    Course Goals

    This course is designed to:

    • Inform evidence-based decision-making driven by high intensity principles
    • Provide practical tools for immediate integration of high intensity approaches into daily clinical practice
    • Empower learners with the confidence to update their current practice paradigm in the post-acute setting
    Course Objectives

    By the end of this course, students will be able to:

    • Screen all patients for safe participation in high-intensity rehabilitation
    • Establish an appropriate high-intensity plan of care for eligible patients
    • Execute effective and engaging rehabilitation sessions informed by high-intensity rehabilitation strategies
    • Perform ongoing monitoring of patient response to activity and adapt high intensity plans of care throughout the length of stay
    • Communicate and document completely and efficiently to facilitate continuity of care
    • Identify current gaps in care for older adults that high intensity rehabilitation can address and advocate for its use in the skilled nursing setting

    Registrants who successfully complete the 12-hour program will be provided the documentation necessary to submit to their respective state licensing boards for consideration for CE approval. 

    Registration Fees:
    • $495 for an employee or contracted employee registering as affiliated with an AHCA member facility
    • $595 for all other non-member registrants

    All registration and payment questions done on ahcancalED can be directed to educate@ahca.org.

    For questions pertaining to course content, course accessibility, technical troubleshooting, please email canvasopen@ucdenver.edu.


    ABOUT RESTORE: The RESTORE team is a collaborative group of researchers, educators, and professionals within the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program that seeks to transform the lives of older adults by helping local clinics integrate the latest evidence-based rehabilitation strategies into routine practice.

    RESTORE aims to help our clinical partners become leaders in quality care delivery by using personalized, progressive approaches to strength and balance training. At the core of this initiative is interactive, customizable online educational platform for training rehabilitation staff in rehabilitation strategies that achieve quicker, more effective, and longer lasting home discharges to drive higher quality care. This approach to rehabilitation is timely considering evolving changes in reimbursement for post-acute rehabilitation services, favoring more effective and efficient models of care delivery. 

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What does the High Intensity Physical Rehabilitation in Medically Complex Populations Course include?

    In this course, rehabilitation professionals (PT & PTA; OT & OTA) will have access to an interactive multimedia learning experience including responsive, self-paced presentation of foundational concepts, simulated case scenarios, and a moderated discussion environment for learning with fellow clinicians - all informed by the latest learning science and innovative technology. 

    This course is designed to:

    • Inform evidence-based decision-making driven by high intensity principles
    • Provide practical tools for immediate integration of high intensity approaches into daily clinical practice
    • Empower learners with the confidence to update their current practice paradigm in the post-acute setting
    • High-speed Internet connection
    • Adobe Reader
    • Quicktime, RealPlayer, or Windows Media Player
    • Chrome or Firefox internet browser
    • Navigating online tools like Canvas, Slack, BranchTrack where components of the course are housed
    • Answering email
    • Disabling a pop-up blocker
    Do you have to be an AHCA member to register?

    No. Both AHCA members (employee or contracted employee identifying as affiliated with a specific AHCA member facility upon registration) and nonmembers are eligible to participate in the course.

    How much does it cost to take the training?

    Registration fee: $495 members, $595 nonmembers. Payment and registration is completed by individual participant in the RESTORE Registration product in ahcancalED.

    How can an individual register and pay for the course? 

    The individual who wants to take the course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course under their individual login.  Payment will be made in ahcancalED upon registration via credit card or E-check. Please be sure to have your credit card or banking information ready at checkout.

    After making payment on ahcancalED, registrants will receive an email with a subject line “Welcome to AHCA's High Intensity Rehabilitation (1 of 2)” that contains confirmation of payment and initial course enrollment instructions.

    How can an individual get access to the course after payment is made?

    After receiving your payment confirmation from ahcancalED, within the next 48 hours, registrants will receive an email with a subject line “Welcome to AHCA's High Intensity Rehabilitation (2 of 2)” that contains the course enrollment link.  Please watch this short video that explains the enrollment process you’ll complete once you receive that enrollment email.

    Who can I contact for help?

    All registration and payment questions done on ahcancalED can be directed to educate@ahca.org.

    For questions pertaining to course content, course accessibility, technical troubleshooting, please email canvasopen@ucdenver.edu.

    To avoid technical problems when paying for the course on ahcancalED, use CHROME. 

    Do not use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer does not work well with this site.

    What are the Technology Requirements for the course?

    You should also be able to perform CU Denver learning platform basic technology-related tasks including:

    Note:  Canvas offers tutorials for navigating their online learning environment via the Canvas Student Guide (Links to an external site.)

    Can I get a refund on the course if I no longer want to take the course?

    If you did not begin the course, you are eligible for a 100% refund.  AHCA considers the course started when you have logged on to the CU Denver Restore Team course website for the first time.

    Can my registration be transferred to a colleague?

    Registrations cannot be transferred. The individual that registers for the course is the only one that has access to it.

    Who is eligible to take this training?

    This training is designed for the following categories of rehabilitation professionals (Physical Therapist & Physical Therapist Assistant; Occupational Therapist & Occupational Therapy Assistant).

    What are the requirements to successfully complete the course?

    This is a self-paced course; however, you must complete all modules to take the Post-Assessment/Final Exam. 

    How long does it take on average to complete the course?

    To foster integration of concepts with clinical practice, this course is best completed in an 8-week time span. However, it can be completed in more or less time, depending on the needs of the individual learner.

    Are Contact Hours awarded?

    AHCA will provide therapists and therapy/therapist assistants successfully completing the program sufficient documentation necessary for submission to their respective state licensing boards for consideration for continuing education (CE) credit approval.

    Should I contact my state licensing board before taking the course to be sure they will provide CE credits upon proof of completion? 

    Each state is different.  We recommend that you contact your state licensing board for specific details.  The PT and OT licensing board contacts for each state may be found here and with all other course materials on Canvas.

    If you need assistance with the payment process, please e-mail your questions to educate@ahca.org.

    We will get back to you as soon as possible.

    If you need assistance with the Restore Course content and functionality, please email canvasopen@ucdenver.edu

    Where can I get more information on the course?

    For more information, visit the High Intensity Physical Rehabilitation In Medically Complex Populations product page or email canvasopen@ucdenver.edu.

     

     

     

  • How to Prepare your Facility for Surge

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This course is free and was designed to meet the critical staff shortages occurring as a result of COVID-19. You will need to register and create an account using your name and e-mail. Once you have created your account, you may complete the course on your own time, stopping as needed, and then rejoining the class wherever you left off. 

    Completion of this training is intended to prepare you to develop, manage and maintain a surge plan. 

    Key Takeaways 

    • Types of Surge (Begins at 9-minute mark) 
    • Components of a Surge Plan (Begins at ~10:48 minute mark) 
      • Space – Structure  
      • Staff – Identifying staff requirements 
      • Stuff – Equipment and Supplies Needed 
      • Systems – Policies and Procedures to keep residents and staff safe 
      • Safety – Providing a safe environment for residents, staff and visitors 
    • How to Develop your Surge Plan (Begins at ~16:55 minute mark)  
      • Understand the lifecycle of a surge event 
      • Include Infectious Disease Expert when developing plans, team effort to develop 

    Presented by RPA, a Jensen Hughes Company

    Main Office, 500 CrossKeys Office Park

    Fairport, NY 14450

  • Functional Outcomes Improvement Training

    Contains 31 Component(s), Includes Credits
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    Skilled nursing care providers improve the lives of the residents they care for in a number of ways, including improving their functional outcomes and independence.  The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the IMPACT Act, and CMS all called for the development of functional improvement measures based on the self-care and mobility sections of the Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) tool.  Maintaining or improving mobility and self-care abilities is important to healthy aging and maximizing independence.  This course provides specialized training for those who are interested in improving functional outcomes, improving quality, and improving services.  It will advance the knowledge, skills and attitudes by providing a wide array of learning tools and resources to meet the needs of various staff and departments.  

    Course Objectives:  Upon Completion the learner will be able to:

    1. Recognize the role center’s play in improving functional outcomes of residents.
    2. Define how functional outcomes directly impact quality of care.
    3. Consider best practices to incorporate into every day care in centers.
    4. Identify tools to improve functional outcomes.
    5. Review the restorative nursing programs impact on functional outcomes.
    6. Review of activities and other programs in the center that can impact functional outcomes.


    Nurses, CNAs, therapists, activities staff and others responsible for improving functional outcomes will learn from this course.    

    The program is flexible and can be completed in one sitting or one module at a time.    

    The training is delivered in five modules, including:

    • Module 1 – Explores the connection between functional outcomes and person-centered care, and how utilization of evidence-based pragmatic programs leads toward continuous improvement.
    • Module 2 – Reviews the regulations related to functional outcomes including the CMS Requirements of Participation and how functional improvement impacts reimbursement.
    • Module 3 – Covers best care coordination practices for short- and long-stay patients, including coordinating with therapy processes, and provides an overview of effective restorative nursing programs.
    • Module 4 – Closely examines care practice application and what individuals can do to increase function, team engagement and concludes with a discussion of various quality initiatives that lead to better outcomes.
    • Module 5 – Reviews the tools and resources needed to further functional outcomes improvement approaches to person-centered care.     


    Program Fees: 

    $199 AHCA/NCAL Member | $650 Non-member

    6.5 NAB CE credits for administrators and 6.0 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.

    Interested in Group Registration, learn more here

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP

    Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP is the Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association (AHCA).  She joined the AHCA family in June 2019 and has been actively involved with a variety of education, tools and resources such as: trauma-informed care, behavioral health, functional outcomes improvement, and infection prevention and control.  Prior to joining AHCA, Pam worked for the Nebraska Health Care Association as the Vice President of Professional Development for seven years.  She is an active member in the American Nurses Association as well as the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses.  Pam has over 20 years of long-term care experience and shares a passion for growing education and cultivating new leaders in long-term care.  

    Cathy Ciolek, DPT, GCS, FAPTA

    President of Living Well With Dementia, LLC

    Dr. Ciolek is President of Living Well With Dementia, LLC- providing education and consultation to promote well-being and positive expectations for people with dementia.  She has nearly 30 years physical therapy clinical experience working with older adults across the continuum of care including as staff PT, Director of PT and Director of Rehab in a skilled nursing facility and a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community. She served as Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Restraint Reduction Initiative (PARRI) and as a faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware. Additionally, Cathy is Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, a Certified Dementia Practitioner® as well as a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer®. She was recently recognized as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association for her advocacy efforts for older adults.

    Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, MPT, PhD

    Professor and Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program Physical Therapy Program University of Colorado School of Medicine

    Dr. Stevens-Lapsley is a Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. She is focused on identifying, integrating and advancing innovative evidence-based medicine solutions for older adult rehabilitation through highly effective research methods and partnerships. She has 20 years of clinical research experience in patients with osteoarthritis planning joint arthroplasty, and more recently, medically complex patient populations. Her research ranges from understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction to studies of implementation of best rehabilitation practices in post-acute care settings including skilled nursing facilities and home health. More specifically, her research has focused on pragmatic interventions in medically complex patient populations to understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance. Over the past decade, she has received numerous awards and over $14 million dollars to support her clinical research. 

    Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC

    Principal Consultant and Founder of Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc.

    Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC has worked in various roles & settings as both clinician & manager/director. Ellen is an expert at helping customers understand the CMS prospective payment systems in the skilled nursing facility and home health setting, as well as outpatient therapy billing for all provider types. She has years of experience in utilizing medical record reviews and data systems to help both inpatient and outpatient therapy providers meet regulatory guidelines as well as improve clinical outcomes. For the past ten years, Ellen has worked with dozens of clients as principal consultant and founder of Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc. Her experience in both the home and community aspects of the post-acute care continuum gives her a unique perspective in finding solutions while insuring a patient-centered approach is not lost in translation.

    How can an organization group register and pay?

    One user can purchase multiple registrations for other users by adding them to their cart during the checkout process; using the button displayed in image below. (This can only be done if all individuals have an ahcancalED account.) The price of the training will be based on each registrant’s member type (member or non-member). 

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    *payment tip: please be sure when you are paying with a credit card the bill-to and shipping address are the same* 

  • Temporary Nurse Aide

    Contains 64 Component(s)

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    This course is free and was designed to meet the critical staff shortages occurring as a result of COVID-19. 

    This 8-hour online training, in combination with the on-site training you will get at the facility where you are hired, will prepare you to work as a Temporary Nurse Aide, a temporary position intended to address the current state of emergency. 

    Currently, the 8-hour training program is permitted under special waivers, exceptions, or flexibilities for temporary nurse aide roles in these states:

    Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, South Dakota, Texas and West Virginia  

     Additional training or other actions may be required in these states (please contact your state health care association or appropriate state agency for additional information about your state’s requirements):

    Alabama,Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia 
    If you plan to work in the state of Oklahoma you will need to take the free 16-hour course located here.

    If your state is not listed above, check back often as more states are being added to the list weekly. You may also contact your state health care association for additional information about your state’s requirements. Find your state health care association here.

    What Does a Temporary Nurse Aide Do?

    The Temporary Nurse Aide will help to provide aspects of resident care that include:

    • Activities of Daily Living
      • Bathing
      • Oral Care 
      • Grooming - Shaving and Nail Care
      • Dressing and Undressing
    • Infection Control and Prevention
    • Positioning, Moving, and Restorative Care
    • Nutrition and Elimination
    • Comfort Care and End of Life Care


    DISCLAIMER: AHCA/NCAL has created these courses to assist providers to recruit and train temporary staff during the national emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While the federal government has issued a blanket waiver for such temporary nurse aides, state requirements may need to be waived to permit individuals under this training program in your location.  Employers should check with their state survey agencies and their state occupational licensing agencies, where applicable, to ensure individuals trained under this program are permitted to assist with care in your location.

    1. If you are new to this site, you will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT. You do not need to fill out a company name if you don’t have one.
    2. After you create your account, go back to www.tempnurseaide.com and click REGISTER. This course is free.
    3. To begin the course, click the Course contents tab. Then click on the first item and complete it. You can move through the course at your own pace, stopping and returning to where you left off anytime.
    4. To avoid technical problems, use CHROME. Do not use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer does not work well with this site.
    5. If you need assistance, please e-mail your questions to educate@ahca.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
    Technical Troubleshooting: If you are having trouble accessing the course content, check to make sure that you are using CHROME as your browser. Do not use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer does not support the course website. For best results, use a desktop computer and a hardwire connection instead of Wifi.

    If you are having trouble logging in or registering for the course, click on How to Get Started.

    Have a question? Check this list for some answers. If you still need assistance, please e-mail educate@ahca.org, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
    1. What does the Temporary Nurse Aide do?

    The Temporary Nurse Aide helps provide resident care such as: assisting with bathing, dressing, feeding, restorative care, and more. The exact job responsibilities will be determined by the facility that hires you.

    2. Where can I work after taking this course?

    Nursing homes or “skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers” and assisted living communities. Check the Overview tab, to confirm the list of states that have approved this training course.

    To find a place near you that is hiring, search for nursing homes in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them, and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process. 

    3. Do I need any previous experience?

    No prior health care experience is necessary.

    4. Are these temporary positions available in my state?

    Check the Overview tab for a current list of states where this training program is accepted for use. To find a place near you that is hiring, search for nursing homes in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process. 

    5. Do I have to pay to take the course?

    No. The course is free.

    6. If I take the test and do not score 80% or higher, can I take it again?

    Yes, you may take the test up to three times. If you do not pass the test after the third attempt, you will be asked to take the course again at no charge.

    7. How do I get the certificate and share that with a facility?

    Once you have completed the course and passed the exam, you can download and print the certificate of completion before exiting the program. You can also return to the online course at any time, log in, and access the certificate again if you need another copy. You can also email educate@ahca.org and ask that an email copy be sent to you. 

    8. What additional on-the-job training will I receive?

    Each facility/company will have its own on-the-job training process. You will be helped and supervised by trained professionals while you learn your duties. You will need to demonstrate you are able to complete specific tasks with proper knowledge, skill, and behavior. Here is an example of a checklist that may be used by the hiring facility for on-site training. 

    9. If I want to keep working in long term care, what might I do after this temporary job?

    Consider becoming a certified nurse assistant (CNA). You’d be expanding on what you learned as a Temporary Nurse Aide, serving as a vital part of the care team, and developing rewarding relationships with staff and residents. The Temporary Nurse Aide course is adapted from CNAonline.com, so if you decide to get more training and become a CNA, you will already be familiar with some of the material. To learn more, please visit CNAonline.com.

     

    Once you have completed this training, you must take and pass the exam. You will then receive a certificate of completion that you can print and show to your hiring facility. 

    For information and suggestions on how to find a skilled nursing facility or assisted living community that is hiring a Temporary Nurse Aide, search for facilities in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process.

  • Temporary Feeding Assistant

    Contains 6 Component(s)

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    This course is free and was designed to meet the critical staff shortages occurring as a result of COVID-19. You will need to register and create an account using your name and e-mail. Once you have created your account, you may complete the course on your own time, stopping as needed, and then rejoining the class wherever you left off. 

    This one-hour online training is intended to allow you to work as a Temporary Feeding Assistant, a temporary position to address the current state of emergency in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities. 

    Completion of this training is intended to prepare you to assist residents with meals and dining.

    Once you have completed the course, you must take and pass the exam. You will then receive a certificate of completion that you can print and show to your hiring facility. For information and suggestions on how to find a skilled nursing facility or assisted living community in need of a Temporary Feeding Assistant, search for nursing homes in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process.


    Please consult your state affiliate for additional information about your state’s requirements. 

    To begin the training, click the Contents tab above, read and agree to the Program Acknowledgement in order to move on to Part 1.

    If you need assistance, please email educate@ahca.org.

    DISCLAIMER: AHCA/NCAL has created this course to assist providers to recruit and train temporary staff during the national emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Federal and/or state requirements may need to be waived to permit individuals under this training program in your location.  Employers should check with their state survey agencies and their state occupational licensing agencies, where applicable, to ensure individuals trained under this program are permitted to assist with care in your location. 
  • 2021 National Quality Award Master Examiner Training Package

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    This course will cover a series of educational videos and assignments to help 2021 Master Examiners prepare for and review Gold Quality Award applications. Training will include pre-training, training, post training, and Site Visit training.

    Click the Contents tab to open the modules to complete. Each module includes a webinar and a Check Your Knowledge assignment, which contains a series of questions on that webinar. Modules need to be completed in sequence and each subsequent module will be locked till the prior one is completed. All Pre-Training modules MUST be completed by 11pm ET February 5th in order to serve as an Examiner. Additional details will be sent out from qualityaward@ahca.org

    Overall Learning Objectives:
    • Prepare feedback reports in accordance with program standards.
    • Differentiate among the various levels of learning in the processes utilized by applicants.
    • Score Gold Quality Award applications utilizing the Gold Scoring Calibration Guidelines.
    • Ensure comment score alignment.
    • Understand the Gold Site Visit and Award Recipient Characteristics.
    • Be aware of and adhere to program deliverables and deadline dates. 
    Who Can Access:

    This training series is available to 2021 Quality Award Examiners as well as AHCA/NCAL members and non-members that are observing training. Registration fees for observers is below. 

    $200 for AHCA/NCAL members 

    $300 for non-members

    Please note selected Examiners are able to complete training without registration fees, and will be automatically registered.  

    How to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Participants will need to login using their existing ahcancalED username and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. After creating an account, you will be able to register for the Training Package. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org


    A special thank you to our 2021 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Sponsor:
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