DNS-CT Certification Virtual Workshop 5/17/2022 Beacon

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Take your leadership and management talents to the next level with the Director of Nursing Services—Certified (DNS-CT) certification. Earning this credential validates your expertise, gives you the advantage among your peers, and helps you improve quality, communication, and resident care throughout your facility. You must be a current RN and have the equivalent of two years of full-time long-term or post-acute care experience, with a minimum of one year of experience either as a DNS or relevant nursing leadership experience to qualify. With the DNS-CT credential behind your name, it shows you have the management skills and knowledge needed to master the challenges of being a DNS. The DNS-CT credential is perfect for directors of nursing services, nursing home administrators, vice presidents of clinical services, and other long-term care professionals with management responsibilities.

Your registration includes six days of online instruction from a Master Teacher covering the ten courses of the DNS-CT program, access to the online materials used during the workshop, and access to the ten certification exams required to earn the credential.

This workshop will be hosted online, through a virtual platform.

This workshop will take place over the days listed below. All times are listed in Mountain Standard Time (MST). If you are unsure what time this workshop will begin where you are, please use this link as a quick reference: www.worldtimebuddy.com


  • Week 1: May 17-20
  • Week 2: May 23-24
  • Time: 6am - 10:30am (MST), daily

Access additional program and workshop information (including CEs and cancellation policy) here.

Hosted by: The Beacon Institute


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.


Vice President of Curriculum Development


Amy is vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN, overseeing the development and integrity of the content and curriculum for the Resident Assessment Coordinator certification (RAC-CT), Resident Assessment Coordinator Advanced certification (RAC-CTA), Director of Nursing Services certification (DNS-CT), QAPI Certified Professional certification (QCP), and other educational programs. She serves as the executive editor of the LTC Leader and DNS Navigator newsletters and represents AAPACN nationally. Prior to this, she was a curriculum development specialist for AAPACN. Before joining the AAPACN staff, she was a legal nurse consultant for the law firm Hall, Prangle, Schoonveld (HPS), in Chicago. She has over 20 years of experience in the post-acute healthcare industry, with expertise in the areas of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI), clinical reimbursement, quality, and regulatory change. Prior to joining HPS, Amy was the division director of reimbursement for 18 skilled nursing facilities in the Chicagoland area, part of a larger hospital system that participated in CMS innovative payment models. Previous roles include director of nursing, pharmacy quality consultant, wound care consultant, and MDS coordinator. Amy is a Master Teacher for AAPACN’s RAC-CT program, DNS-CT and QCP programs, and has been a popular presenter at numerous conferences and conventions, including those held by the American Health Care Association, and AAPACN.

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