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:nurse: Hello all Staff Developers ! I found this sight today and have been having the most wonderful time on it. My name is Cali. I work in California in a long term care facility that is also part of an acute hospital. ... Read More


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    I am wondering how many staff members others are responsible for, and what your FTE status is. I am responsible for nearly 200 staff members, and I am at 0.5 FTE. The longer I am in this role, the more I think that this is an unrealistic expectation, but I need some information to compare this to. I do staff development for our Surgical Services department which is home to approximately 150-200 nurses and support staff. I am responsible for about 8 different job classes, which is an added complication, and I am given 20 hours/week to keep up. Do you think this is adequate time? Thanks for your feedback.
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    Quote from vc124
    Hello calinurse. I have been SDC and Restorative Coordinator for approx. 1 year now. I create a % of my own inservices. Of course the compliance issues inservices are created by the company for the most part however, we are able to submit some of our own for our "as needed" and "specific" requirements. I use a lot of our vendors for inservices. They love to talk about their products and provide education with it.
    The biggest problem I run into is getting the staff to attend the inservices. With the shortage and the constant revolving door with CNA's I have found it to be a challenge to get them into the inservices. Do you ever have that problem and if so what do you do?
    I work in a LTC facility with 120 beds (we run with census around 117 most of the time). We have a lot of admissions and discharges. The company I work for is "for profit" so that should tell you the staffing pattern. Of course I also work for a company that allows only 1 educator per facility.
    This is a really neat site to get information and meet other healthcare workers. :roll
    Hello,
    I am new to this Staff Development role. I am now in my third week. I am trying to organize a sensitivity inservice for next month and was wondering if you had any ideas or suggestions. Hopefully soon I will be able to come up with these on my own..... Also if you have any other interesting inservices that you have done I would love to hear about it..
    I also work in LTC facility with about 150 beds (usually all full) and I am the facility educator. Look forward to swapping information. Thank you.
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    Helllo I'm new here and find it very intresting I'm also a DSD in a locak LTC faculity and also have problem with the C.N.A'S attendance well I just reminded them the state will be asking soon to prove they are going and I have the list..and they started coming back good to find a site where we could maybe exchange inservice so we don't have to think of the especially the mandatory 15 the title 22 requires...
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    Staff Developers are gifts from God-literally because I don't think anyone else would put up with the daily crap we call a career-we should definately get some sorta group organized
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    Hi all

    I just switched to Staff Development after 5 years as an MDS Coordinator. (I was so tired of MDS and care plans!) My facility is a 120 bed LTC/ST Rehab combination, for profit.

    I am full-time, salaried, and am responsible for all the mandatory inservices (whether giving them or finding someone else to), and any number of other inservices as needed. For instance, we recently found that neurochecks were not being initiated with any logical consistency after falls so we did an inservice for the nurses at which we gave out penlights at the conclusion of the inservice. They are the kind that clip on to your belt or waistband--really nice.

    I'm also doing all the hiring and processing of the nursing staff, and the processing (but not necessarily hiring) of the other dept staff. I do the employee health too (PPD, flu shots, Hep B vaccine) and track that. I do the new employee orientation (for all employees!). Also track all the licenses (here in Fla CNAs are licensed too). I also attend clinical drill and input changes on the resident care needs sheets daily on my laptop.

    I hate to reinvent the wheel and would love to network with other LTC SD nurses in south Florida. We could share tips, tell each other what works, share inservices etc. Heck, maybe we could get a group together and do lunch once a month! I live and work in Martin County, so anyone from Hobe Sound, Stuart, Palm City, Port St Lucie, even Ft. Pierce and Vero Beach to the north, or Tequesta or Jupiter to Palm Beach Gardens to the south, please respond!

    LIRN
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    Hi All! I have been in LTC for about 18 years, and have done staff development for the past 7 1/2 years. I LOVE THIS JOB! (on most days-lol). I have found that the position varies greatly from facility to facility. I have been in this role as an LPN and as an RN. I love to teach, and can not fathom returning to any other form of nursing management. In my roles, I have been responsible for hiring, scheduling, restorative nursing coordinator, abuse coordinator, safety chair, infection control nurse, falls monitring coordinator, wound specialist, and employee health in addition to education. I am sure that I forgot something, but that will fall into "other duties as assigned".

    I have found that creativity can increase attendance. I have tried several different options such as role-playing, candy Q&A, puzzle inservices, scavenger hunts, traditional lectures, and self study education materials. Still, there are those few who have to cram at the last minute to get their requirements done. I have in the past held drawings for those who have completed the inservices as assigned.

    I think it all boils down to the facility you are at, the attitudes of the staff working there, and the cooperation you have from the other department heads. I think the most improtant thing is how the staff perceive you! Be a little crazyy or off and they will love you for it!
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    Hello, all. I am the Director of Clinical Education at a small community hospital, where 4.1 FTEstake care of every employee in house and in some outpatient facilities, though our focus is nursing service. There are limited resources and funding, antique technology (is that an oxymoron?), etc. There is a group for us...the National Nursing Staff Development Organization. Check the NNSDO web site and go to the affiliate roster link, then look for your state and local affiliates. You can get a lot of support through your sisters (& brothers) in staff development. I belong to the National and recently helped a new affiliate form in Pittsburgh; there are NO other affiliates in PA, so this was a major undertaking. We are a fledgling group but learning to fly!
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    Hi, I'm new to this site and to SDC as well . I was a PPS coordinator for 2 yrs. but wanted a change of "scenery". I have looked into NNSDO. Is it worth joining? Also, can anyone direct me to beneficial journals, books, etc. that would be helpful to a new staff develop. coord.? The second aspect of my position is infection control . Any tips on that would be appreciated as well. Thanks in advance for your input!
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    Quote from vc124
    Hello calinurse. I have been SDC and Restorative Coordinator for approx. 1 year now. I create a % of my own inservices. Of course the compliance issues inservices are created by the company for the most part however, we are able to submit some of our own for our "as needed" and "specific" requirements. I use a lot of our vendors for inservices. They love to talk about their products and provide education with it.
    The biggest problem I run into is getting the staff to attend the inservices. With the shortage and the constant revolving door with CNA's I have found it to be a challenge to get them into the inservices. Do you ever have that problem and if so what do you do?
    I work in a LTC facility with 120 beds (we run with census around 117 most of the time). We have a lot of admissions and discharges. The company I work for is "for profit" so that should tell you the staffing pattern. Of course I also work for a company that allows only 1 educator per facility.
    This is a really neat site to get information and meet other healthcare workers. :roll

    I work in LTC. We have an incentive plan. In a two week pay period if you don't call out, get written up, and attend all mandatory meetings you get an xtra 50 cents an hour.

    I don't think that's a bad incentive for just doing what you are supposed to be doing anyway but I'm always amazed at the number of people who don't comply.
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    Hello everyone-
    I am director of hospital and community education at a small rural hospital in georgia. We have 600 employees in the hospital and nursing home and wellness center.
    It has been only a year since I started doing staff development in addition to community education.
    I have found that time constraints had to really make me creative. It was apparent the previous director was not having much luck with attendance. Who has time to wait to do a class and no one shows up? We started putting everything we could on our employee area of our web page. For those that do not have the internet, I created Education Binders for all the nursing units, the nursing home and the outlying clinics. Each one has all of the education, whether powerpoints, dvds, articles of general interest etc. Each has a post-test. Since my boss, the VP of Patient Care Services will pass on articles or info she wants me to inservice, I started a nursing education update newsletter which monthly is on the web site and in the binders. I have only been doing this since a little over 3 months it is hard to tell how it will go in the long run, but 388 people have attempted and passed the different items. I feel pretty sure this is more people than would have attended inservices in person. Also, it lets the night shift and prn people have access to what is going on without returning all the time for different shifts. We also video all the inservices that are done and put the DVDs in the binders also.
    I am looking for some interactive clinical education materials that would let people make decisions and then see how they work out, ie one mentioned at one time was Toe Tags, (which I have not found yet) that if the incorrect decisions are made, the patient dies. Anyone with info on these types of training?
    Thanks


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