2021 Conference Recordings: Nurse Leader Hot Topic Bundle

Experience the best of the AAPACN 2021 Conference. The AAPACN 2021 Conference Recorded Sessions are bundled into two separate packages – the Nurse Leader Hot Topic Bundle and the NAC Hot Topic Bundle. Each bundle includes education sessions from leaders and experts in the LTPAC field. Session recordings are a compilation of digital audio and video recordings and synchronized slides - all accessible in your AAPACN Learner Dashboard for up to one year.

The Nurse Leader Hot Topic Bundle provides the opportunity to earn up to 6.25 ANCC continuing education hours (CEs) for viewing these recorded sessions. Session titles are as follows:

  • SIMply Competent
  • Review of Current Nursing Home Deficiencies and Tips and Strategies to Prevent
  • Using Technology to Manage Your Infection Prevention and Control Program
  • Why Employees Really Leave and What You Can Do To Retain Them
  • Surviving Chaos: Legal and Regulatory Updates
  • On-Demand Conference Session: SIMply Competent

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    On-Demand session from AAPACN 2021 Conference

    Caring for the older adult in the post-acute care setting requires competency across all departments and disciplines as the ability to address the increased complexity and acuity of health concerns unique to this population is demanded by multiple stakeholders. Educators in this setting face the unique challenge of ensuring competency through learning and evaluation in the face of budgetary and regulatory constraints, in addition to increased resident acuity. Competency-based learning and evaluation using strategies such as simulation is an effective way to develop staff proficiency. In this session, you will explore creative ways to use simulation to meet new competency requirements. Following this session, you will be able to:

    • Recognize three challenges when evaluating competency in the post-acute setting
    • Understand the value of competency-based evaluations
    • Utilize two competency-based evaluation activities to promote learning and support decision making
    • Identify key competencies that can be evaluated through simulation

    Linda Shubert, MSN, RN

    Director of Clinical Management

    Healthcare Academy

    Linda has 30 years of nursing experience working with the older adult across rehabilitation, home health, geriatric case management, acute care, and long-term care settings.  Linda has held a variety of clinical, teaching, and administrative positions including Director of Nursing, Clinical Professor of Nursing, Staff Development Coordinator, and Simulation and Skills Lab Director.  As a staff development director in long-term care for 19 years, she has presented new employee orientation and annual federal training for all departments. Linda is an advocate for competency-based training for all employees meet annual regulatory requirements while promoting quality outcomes for the older adult in the long-term care setting.

  • On-Demand Conference Session: Review of Current Nursing Home Deficiencies and Tips and Strategies to Prevent

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    On-Demand session from AAPACN 2021 Conference

    Skilled nursing facilities are reviewed for quality, staffing, resident rights, quality of care, and safety on a regular basis through annual surveys and complaint survey process. CMS routinely publishes nursing home citations and findings. During this session, you will learn how the DON and other facility leaders can work together as a team to identify and establish systems to prevent deficiencies. Following this session, you will be able to:

    • Identify teamwork strategies for success
    • Utilize QCOR to identify current national survey deficiencies
    • Design a method for organizing, implementing, reviewing, and monitoring regulatory changes Develop and implement a QAPI/QAA approach to survey readiness

    Barbara Bates RN, MSN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT-MT, QCP-MT

    Nurse Consultant

    MDS Consultants

    Barbara Bates has 42 years in Gero-Psychiatry and LTC nursing experience, holding management and administration positions at the Rochester Psychiatric Center as well as the director of nursing position at a NYS Veterans Home. Mrs. Bates has a Master’s of Science in Nursing, specializing in Nursing Education, is certified in MDS 3.0, and is a master teacher for the DNS-CT and QCP certification programs through AADNS. Currently, she provides educational programs in MDS, CAAs and care plans, PRI, behavior management, and QAPI for SUNY Albany School for Public Health statewide and MDS Consultants, Inc. Mrs. Bates also completes comprehensive chart audits and onsite compliance program reviews for MedNet Compliance, Inc. and has spoken nationally for Health Information Network, AANAC, AADNS, and Pioneer Network. She formerly worked for LeadingAge NY providing onsite consultation, training, and completing mock surveys. Recently, she was a facilitator in the Customer Satisfaction Training grant project for NYSFA, which focused on enhancing satisfaction in various LTC facilities in NY state. She was also a facilitator for the Gold STAMP program to reduce pressure ulcers in NYS and a facilitator for the implementation of the Medical Director/Attending Physician Guidelines. Previously, Mrs. Bates was the senior educator for the Foundation of LTC, providing instruction in Exceptional Care Planning, which focused on streamlining care plans and enhancing person-centered care. Currently, she is the Chairperson of the DON-EAP committee for AADNS and volunteers for the NYS Surrogate Decision Making Committee, which is a Governor-appointed position. Mrs. Bates enjoys spending her free time with her 2 daughters and their families and traveling.

    Linda Winston, RN, MSN, BS, RAC-CT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT

    Nurse Consultant; DON-Retired

    A nurse for over 30 years, Linda has a diversified background in the long-term care setting, including staff nurse, supervising nurse, nurse educator, nursing administrator, and for 16 years, director of nursing.

    Her areas of expertise are current survey and certification process; quality assurance and performance improvement; resident assessment; clinical approaches, including the improvement and prevention of skin alterations and prevention of falls and root cause analysis; and implementation of systems.

    Linda has a master’s degree in nursing with a focus on education, and works as a nurse consultant/educator with a focus on skilled nursing. She holds certifications from AADNS and AANAC. She is a master trainer for the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services’ certification programs, the Director of Nursing Services--Certified (DNS-CT) and QAPI Certified Professional (QCP).

    Previously, as coach in the School of Public Health University of Albany’s GoldSTAMP Program, she has worked to improve the prevention and care of pressure ulcers across healthcare settings and has also worked as a per diem second nurse planner. She has experience with conducting mock surveys, mentoring and coaching, and building systems.

    As an outstanding leader in implementing new systems as well as leading teams through change, Linda has been recognized with several awards, including Duquesne University’s Alumni Award; New York State’s Commissioner’s Award (as a team member); and, she received recognition from the National Guard and Reserve as a Patriotic Employer, from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

  • On-Demand Conference Session: Using Technology to Manage Your Infection Prevention and Control Program

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    On-Demand session from AAPACN 2021 Conference

    With increased government focus on infection control, plus limited staff and resources, leveraging technology could be the answer to managing your program. By teaching all staff to enter infections immediately and granting leadership access to needed surveillance statistics, technology can prove to be cost effective, help manage by exception, and get the data quickly and conveniently from one location. We’ll explore the ways a line listing can be used to track infections, testing, notifications to government agencies, and QAPI initiatives, helping alleviate potential F-Tags and fines. Following this session, you will be able to:

    • Understand the importance of staff being able to enter and store data in a central location
    • Demonstrate ways to sort and filter extensive line listing data to help identify root causes
    • Recognize the importance of leadership support of infection control initiatives
    • Apply the use of technology to manage by exception, saving resource time over paper records

    Laurie Laxton, RN, BSN, CCFA, RAC-CT, IP-BC

    Clinical Education Program Lead

    Inovalon/ABILITY Network

    As an Operating Room Nurse, Coordinator of the UCLA Hand Center, and later, the Hip and Pelvic Reconstructive Division of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, Laurie was involved in cutting-edge technology, care, and infection prevention.  In the late 1990s, Laurie started a consulting business advising school districts and day camps on CPR/First Aid, medication administration, care planning and incident reporting. In 2009, she became a Nurse Auditor, contracting with three national firms to conduct hospital and skilled nursing facility audits in several states. Currently, she is the Clinical Education Program Lead and a Board Certified Infection Preventionist at the ABILITY Network teaching customers how to read and interpret their data to help drive focus in patient care and performance improvement.

  • On-Demand Conference Session: Why Employees Really Leave and What You Can Do to Retain Them

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    On-Demand session from AAPACN 2021 Conference

    Post-acute care faces daunting challenges when it comes to the difficulties of staffing. Employees have increased expectations of their leaders and managers than in the past. For organizations to thrive during rapid change, they need a shift in mindset - from traditional problem solving to an increased emphasis on the needs of the employee and the vital role they serve in the provision of care. Nurses play a key role in the working environment of post-acute care and should be leading this cultural shift. During this session, you will learn to identify the top reasons why employees leave and the steps needed for creating an employee first mentality that reduces turnover and increases employee retention and satisfaction. Following this session, you will be able to:

    • Describe the evolution of post-acute care staffing and the drivers behind the increased turnover
    • Identify why employees leave and how organizations need a shift in mindset
    • Define the characteristics of an employee first culture
    • Explore specific actions for shifting to a mindset that is focused on employee first culture

    Linda Shell, DNP, MA, BSN, RN

    Chief Learning Officer


    Dr. Shell has 30 years of experience working in the field of long-term care as an executive leader, keynote speaker, leadership coach, expert educator, adjunct professor, and clinical consultant. Her successful career spans numerous roles and organizations and provides. Linda a wealth of experiential knowledge and perspective.

    Dr. Shell is the developer of the SurTHRIVELeadership platform and web-based series created specifically to inspire and motivate leaders to live beyond the day to day challenges of the long-term care world. The concepts and tools introduced in SurTHRIVELeadership help leaders develop resiliency skills for themselves and their team and have been integrated into provider organizations across the country.

    Linda has held various leadership roles including director of nursing, clinical consultant, leadership development, staff development, and quality improvement. In her current role as chief learning officer for lindashell.com she travels around the country offering keynotes, workshops, educational programs and team building sessions for senior care providers and nursing organizations. She facilitates numerous leadership programs for many senior care providers. She is known for her engaging and inspiring style.

  • On-Demand Conference Session: Surviving Chaos: Legal and Regulatory Updates

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    On-Demand session from AAPACN 2021 Conference

    Recent dramatic challenges which occurred in 2020 have affected many regulatory requirements and outcomes, and the focus will continue to change as the country and the post-acute care industry recovers to what will be our new normal. During this fast-paced session, the speaker will provide information and potential action items regarding survey and certification protocols and operational challenges, including numerous changes in regulations, regulatory interpretations, citation trends, and operational norms. Following this session, you will be able to:

    • Understand current regulatory requirements and challenges including new transmittals, guidance, and other issuances from CMS and the CDC 
    • Recognize the need for proactively addressing facility challenges facing the post-acute care industry
    • Understand the current environment including litigation, financial challenges, regulatory sanctions and fraud, and abuse

    Janet Feldkamp, RN, BSN, LNHA, CHC, JD


    Benesch Attorneys at Law

    Janet focuses her law practice in the area of healthcare law, including long-term care survey and certification, state and federal regulation, physician and nurse practice, and fraud and abuse involving hospitals, suppliers, insurers, and physicians.

    She retains active licenses as a registered nurse and nursing home administrator. Janet is a member of the editorial board of Caring for the Ages, a monthly newspaper for long-term care practitioners, and is a frequent writer and speaker on health law and related topics, particularly in the area of long-term care. She is a coauthor of Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Issues, 2015, published by the American Health Lawyers Association.

    Janet was awarded her Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law and her BSN from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Columbia Bar Association, and Ohio State Bar Association. She is the past president of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys.