Post Acute Care/Long Term Care Special Interest Group
By Christina Ramsey
The Post Acute Care/Long Term Care (PAC/LTC) Special Interest Group (SIG) meets per phone conferencing every 3rd Thursday of the month and has experienced increased participation in SIG meetings.
Goals and recent accomplishments of the PAC/LTC SIG include:
- Bring gerontological nursing education to the nursing home.
- Share practice strategies and new ways to deal with issues specific to the geriatric population; encourage increased use of the GAPNA Exchange to facilitate discussion.
- Keep up to date on current regulations affecting LTC by discussing new regulations regarding Phase III – Requirements of participation, MD/NP/PA documentation requirements, infection control, emergency preparedness, and trauma-informed care.
- Get new ideas of how to work smarter not harder in LTC.
- Gain information on infection control.
- Learn LTC standards – Gain information to assist facilities with programs.
- PDPM training
SIG members volunteered to review sections of the GAPNA website including skin/wounds, urinary incontinence, patient caregiver, care transitions, ICU, continuum of care, hospital admissions, LTC nursing, and LTC treatments/medications/plans.
Amy Siple volunteered to collaborate with ASCP Pharmacists in a 1-hour webinar presented on April 23, 2020 on the topic “Antipsychotic Stewardship in Long Term Care.” Christina Ramsey presented at the Texas Gulf Coast-GAPNA Chapter meeting in Houston in May 2020 on “Long-Term Regulation Changes Affecting NPs/MDs.”
The SIG is collaborating with ACADIA Pharmaceuticals for a short training webinar to be presented in June regarding new medications in LTC.
Christina Ramsey was a guest speaker at the GAPNA Leadership Meeting in January 2020 and provided a short presentation regarding PAC/LTC SIG goals and accomplishments.
The SIG is collaborating with RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council regarding (1) One pressing family caregiving need/concern I would like to see addressed, (2) I would like to offer this specific recommendation to address my need/concern.
Christina Ramsey collaborated with GAPNA Board Members to develop a response/letter on GAPNA’s position regarding the recently implemented Red Hand Consumer Alert Icon on the Nursing Home Compare website.
Stacey Chapman and Christina Ramsey will present “Trauma Informed Care for the Older Adult” at the 2020 GAPNA Annual Conference, September 24-26, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, in New Orleans, LA.
Christina Ramsey, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, LNCC, CWS