Fast Facts for the Long-Term Care Nurse

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Fast Facts for the Long-Term Care Nurse

SKU# 9780826121981

A Guide for Nurses in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Settings

Author: Charlotte Eliopoulos MPH, PhD, RN


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Today, more than 10 million people in the United States require some form of long-term care, a number that is rapidly increasing and will continue to do so for years to come. This concise and user-friendly resource contains the fundamental information long-term care nurses need to provide all aspects of safe and effective care to their patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Written by a renowned and highly respected nurse leader in long-term care and gerontology, it presents key facts and core competencies related to the clinical and managerial responsibilities of nurses in these settings. Details on the specific skills required for this challenging specialty, as well as must-know information on regulatory standards, site visits, management and leadership, and dementia care, are presented in a concise format for quick access to information.

The book embodies a holistic approach to nursing that recognizes the importance of quality of life in addition to quality of care. It provides an overview of the unique features of long-term care, addressing the operational differences between these settings and those of acute settings, the distinct responsibilities of long-term care nurses, special needs of the residents, and major clinical challenges. The text offers guidance on the use of evidence-based knowledge within the constraints of long-term care settings. Topics such as legal risks, documentation essentials, and the importance of self-care are covered, along with management and leadership issues relevant to the supervision of unlicensed personnel. The Fast Facts in a Nutshell feature assists readers in reinforcing and applying content, and a comprehensive resource list supplements the text. The book will also serve as a useful study tool for long-term nursing care certification.

Key Features:

  • Embodies the essential competencies for long-term care nursing practice
  • Presents information in a concise easy-to-access format with bulleted facts and the Fast Facts in a Nutshell feature
  • Addresses management and leadership issues germane to the long-term care setting
  • Includes must-know information on regulatory standards, site visits, legal risks, documentation essentials, and more
  • Guides nurses in using evidence-based knowledge in long-term care settings

Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 01, 2015
  • Page Count 294
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826121981
  • EISBN 9780826121998

Table of Contents 

Charlotte Eliopoulos, PhD, MPH, RN, is executive director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Nursing (AALTCN) and works in private practice. She serves as a consultant on education and speaks on the topics of long-term care, geriatric nursing, integrative and holistic care of chronic conditions, culture change, staff development in long-term care, writing for publication, and self-care for nursing staff.

Dr. Eliopolous has authored 20 books on the topics of gerontology, long-term care, administration, culture change, holistic nursing, and complementary and alternative therapies, among others. She has been awarded six AJN Book of the Year awards for her publications.

Previous positions Dr. Eliopoulos has held include executive director, The Wellspring Program for Culture Change; interim executive director, National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care (NADONA/LTC); president, American Holistic Nurses Association; director of education, Health Education Network; director of nursing and vice president for clinical services, Levindale Geriatric Center and Hospital, Baltimore, MD; associate faculty, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD; clinical specialist in gerontological nursing, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; and consultant, Geriatric Care Services, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.



Part I: The Basics of Long-Term Care

1. Unique Aspects of Long-Term Care

2. Settings for Long-Term Care

3. Reimbursement for Long-Term Care

4. Regulations

5. Long-Term Care Nursing Responsibilities

6. Culture Change

Part II: The Nursing Process in Long-Term Care

7. The Minimum Data Set (MDS)

8. Assessing Needs Beyond the Minimum Data Set (MDS)

9. Assessment Skills

10. Identifying Changes in Status

11. Creating Care Plans

12. Ensuring Person-Centered Care

13. Caring for Families

14. Documentation Essentials

Part III: Clinical Challenges

15. Promoting Medication Safety

16. Reducing Common Risks

17. Identifying and Managing Clinical Emergencies

18. End-of-Life Care

Part IV: Residents With Dementia

19. Overview of Dementia

20. Communication Challenges

21. Special Clinical Challenges

Part V: Management and Leadership

22. Foundations of Leadership and Management

23. Determining Staffing Needs

24. Surveys

25. Legal Aspects

26. Self-Care


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