Archive for April, 2009

Nursing home controller admits taking $600,000

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Home, Nursing News, Uncategorized

A Canonsburg woman who served as the financial controller for two nursing homes admitted today to embezzling more than $600,000 from them.

Gayle Phillips-Smith, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from a health care benefit program and to one count of tax evasion.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Ms. Phillips-Smith served as the financial controller at Baldock Health Care Center in North Huntingdon, and Humbert Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation in Washington, from 2001 to 2005.

Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Texas House Gives Nod To Nursing School Incentives

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Jobs

An estimated shortage of 22,000 nurses across Texas drove the state House on Wednesday to tentatively approve a measure that would increase the incentives some nursing schools get for hiring more teachers and graduating more nurses.

The issue is on the minds of many lawmakers this session, and in many bills seeking to move forward in the final weeks of the session.

“Nurses are good jobs, and we’re having to import nurses. Yet when you look at the kinds of jobs you want your children and other people’s children to have, this one jumps to the forefront,” said Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, the author of the bill approved Wednesday.

Kolkhorst’s proposal would target some state grants toward hiring nursing faculty at some nursing schools. She is also behind incentives in the state budget to reward nursing schools that have a more than 70 percent graduation rate.

The state estimates that if Texas fails to graduate more nurses as the population grows, demand will outstrip registered nurses by 70,000 in 2020. Kolhorst said her measures aim to catch up to demand by 2013.


Read more in the Valley Morning Star.

Md. Nursing Home Survey Is Updated (Washington Post)

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A family member needs to go into a nursing home for short- or long-term care, but you have little time to pick a place and even less emotional energy to comparison-shop. And yet the decision can be life-altering for the person who is ill and the ones who guide the process.

Maryland residents, for the second year in a row, can turn to a state Web site to learn about options and to find out which nursing homes have been ranked by patients’ family members or others as having high-quality care and which came up short.

The Maryland Health Care Commission recently released its 2008 Maryland Nursing Home Family Experience of Care Survey, which rates about 235 nursing homes and continuing-care facilities based on the observations of family members or others designated by patients.

Maryland is one of a handful of states that collect and publish the information, said Bruce Kozlowksi, head of the commission’s Center for Long-Term Care and Community-Based Services.

"The commission is very oriented to public information and the availability of public information," he said. "That is a big part of our mission."

The nursing-home report scores facilities on the quality of the staff and the administration, the physical condition of the facility, the quality of care and food and whether residents’ rights and autonomy are being managed as promised. The report said that 89 percent of those responding would recommend particular nursing homes to others, a slight increase over the previous year’s report. The average score for overall care received was 8.2 out of 10, unchanged from 2007.

"There is substantial variation across nursing homes," Rex Cowdry, the commission’s executive director, said in a statement.

"One of our major goals in public reporting is to encourage improvements in care, particularly in nursing homes with lower scores," he said.

Smaller nursing homes, those with 80 beds or fewer, had the highest overall ratings, receiving scores of 8.8 out of a possible 10. They were followed by nonprofit homes and homes in the western section of Maryland, which were rated 8.6.

Kozlowski said the anonymity of the survey responses is a key factor in encouraging honest answers from family members or others who fill out the forms. The commission mailed 17,000 surveys in the fall and received about 9,000 responses, he said.

The commission expects to expand its surveys and data gathering in the next few years, and will seek opinions on short stays in rehabilitation facilities, as well as home health care and assisted-living facilities.

"We want to make more and more information available to Marylanders to benefit them in the context of their health-care choices," Kozlowksi said.

To see the nursing home survey results and other available tools, go to: and click on "Consumers," "Nursing Home Guide" and "2008 Family Survey."

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Skilled Nursing Care Coalition Praises House Leadership For Budget Changes (Medical News Today)

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Jobs

Ohio House Democrats’ budget plan restores money hospitals and nursing homes had lost (The …

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Jobs

Armond BudishCOLUMBUS — Ohio House Democrats rode to the rescue of nursing homes and hospitals, adding nearly half a billion dollars for the health care industry to a new budget blueprint for 2010-11. Perhaps the biggest winner under the Democratic…

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State Health-care Planning Board OKs Nursing Home

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Home, Nursing Jobs

CHICAGO — In a surprise move, a state health-care planning board on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposed 75-bed nursing home on Springfield’s west side.

Supporters of the $12.9 million Springfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center still need to obtain zoning approval from the Springfield City Council before the facility can be built at 3089 Old Jacksonville Road. But the decision by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, which was meeting in Chicago, meant that the venture cleared a major hurdle.

The vote surprised and relieved Charles Foley, a consultant who was working with the Skokie-based investors behind the project.

“Don’t ask me how it happened, but it happened,” Foley said after the 4-0 vote. “I think we finally were able to convince the board that there is a demand and a need for more beds in Sangamon County.”

Read more at the State Journal-Register.

RI budget cuts jeopardizing many jobs in nursing homes (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Jobs

PROVIDENCE – Dozens of nurses and other caretakers could lose their jobs at nursing homes across Rhode Island – one of the state’s few growth industries – as funding is cut to close ballooning state budget deficits.

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Case Management Nursing

Posted in Nursing Specialties


There are dozens of areas of specialization in the field of registered nursing. Case Management Nursing is just one area in which an RN can specialize. Case Management involves providing development and implementation of patient case plans, as well as patient education, in settings such as hospitals, insurance companies, and clinics. Case managers provide services to hospitals and patients that ensure the highest levels of quality management while assuring that all protocols for services are met.

This can be a very rewarding areas of nursing and gives a Case Management Nursing professional a strong possibility for upward mobility in the health care management arena. It does require, however, a strong background in hands-on nursing practice and several years of experience prior to becoming a case manager.