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◂  June 2021

6/22/20216/23/2021All Day

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Join the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration for a live virtual  workshop focused on the current state of COVID. Looking at COVID from the perspective of the Director of Nursing in Long Term Care, our expert presenters will focus on topics such as disaster plans, COVID protocols and treatments, and staff PTSD/trauma. Please join us for the live virtual workshop!

Jointly provided by the Health Care Association of Michigan and MI-NADONA.

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June 22, 2021

8:00 – 9:00 am ET| Discussion of COVID Long-Haulers
Presented by Dr. Matthew Beacom, MD
We continue to learn about COVID-19 and experts agree that some people can experience symptoms of the illness many weeks or even months after having it. 80% of those with COVID-19 end up having a mild reaction and most of those cases resolve in less than two weeks. For some, with more severe symptoms it can take up to six weeks to recover. Recently, there is growing concern over a separate group of people who don’t seem to fall into either of those two categories. It appears about 10% of people who’ve had COVID-19 will experience prolonged symptoms one, two or even three months after they were infected and there seems to be no consistent reason for this. This group, which many refer to as “long-haulers,” is mixed with those who experienced no symptoms or mild to severe cases. It appears this condition can effect anyone – young, old, those who were healthy, those who had a chronic condition, those who were hospitalized and those who weren’t. We will take a look at the “long hauler” patients and discuss this as evidence for the need to be vaccinated at younger ages.

9:15 – 10:15 am ET | Updates to Protocols/Treatments as well as Infection Control Surveys
Presented by Cindy Fronning, RN-BC, IP-BC, AS-BC, RAC-CT, CDONA, FACDONA
During the COVID-19 pandemic nurses have been inundated with care issues. Everything from PPE usage to quarantine to visitation has been evolving. It is hard to keep up with all the changes. This presentation is an overview of the protocols and treatments currently in place. We will take a look at the infection surveys in terms of how to prepare for survey and we will take a look at the statistics of these surveys over the past year.  OSHA surveys will also be reviewed and discussed as to why they have increased over the past year.

10:30 – 11:30 am ET | Healing and Recovery: The Role of Leaders in Crafting a New Facility Culture
Presented by Barbara Speedling, BS
The COVID-19 Pandemic has significantly limited a facility’s ability to achieve the long-standing industry ideal of creating a homelike environment of care. In the coming months, the facility culture and the quality of life for all concerned will be shaped by the status of the virus. The manner in which the leaders design and communicate the development of new world order will be vital to a successful transition to the next generation of long-term care.

11:30 – 12:30 pm ET | Open Discussion Forum – Sharing Stories, Cathartic Discussions
Moderated by Barbara Speedling, BS
This interactive forum provides a setting to discuss how leaders have felt about carrying the responsibility for the health and safety of residents and staff during the pandemic. Collective discussion will focus on coping mechanisms and problem-solving techniques that have been used throughout the crisis.

June 23, 2021

1:00 – 2:00 pm ET | Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress in Staff, Residents and Yourself
Presented by Paige Hector, LMSW
Pandemic-driven exhaustion, frustration, fear, and uncertainty have dominated our lives for over a year. Healthcare staff continue to experience unprecedented levels of stress, compounded by the daily challenges of caring for others while also trying to care for themselves. While there are some bright spots and glimmers of hope, we still have a long way to go because even when the pandemic “ends”, people may continue to experience mental and emotional suffering. Facility leadership is tasked with the challenge of finding ways to help alleviate the stress, and distress, that is so pervasive in nursing facilities everywhere. This session will focus on actionable strategies that can be implemented immediately to lessen the traumatic experience of living, and working, in a pandemic.

2:15 – 3:15 pm ET | Clinical Leadership & Emergency Management- Knowing What We Know Now
Presented by Stan Szpytek, AAS
Emergency Operations Plans have taken on new meaning for nurse leaders in the past groundbreaking year. We now recognize that the role of the clinical team in an emergency scenario cannot be overstated. Learn more about the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule, “All Hazards” Plans, and the role of incident command in managing a disaster… all from a nurse leadership perspective. Make disaster readiness your top priority!

3:30 – 4:30 pm ET | COVID Now
Presented by Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP, RAC-CT
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the healthcare industry to its core and the area hardest hit has been long term care. Infection prevention and control practices have been challenged at every corner. This session will review best practices in dealing with COVID-19 during outbreak, what is working, and what isn’t working. We will dive into infection prevention and control practices and will look at the future of infection prevention and control post COVID-19. We will review the importance of self-assessment tools as well as the need to engage the QAPI process to improve practices and systems. The session will conclude with a review of the connection between core practices of highly successful facilities and how it relates to infection prevention and control.


Paige Hector | Paige Ahead Healthcare Education & Consulting, LLC
Paige Hector is a clinical educator and professional speaker with over 25 years experience in post-acute and long term care settings. She specializes in diverse topics for the interdisciplinary team and sustainable process improvement. Paige writes extensively on topics relevant to nursing homes and is currently authoring multiple chapters of Managing the Long-Term Care Facility. She is an Associate Editor and regular columnist for Caring for the Ages, the publication for the American Medical Directors Association. She writes a monthly column for the Nursing and Assisted Living Facility Professional newsletter. She is actively involved in AMDA committees and was named the 2018 Gerontologist of the Year for the Arizona Geriatrics Society.

Cindy Fronning | National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration
Cindy Fronning’s experience includes education of nursing home personnel, mentoring of nurses and Directors of Nursing, clinical systems and form development, department restructuring and mock surveys. She has extensive experience in Medicare, MDS/RAI process (AANAC Certified), care planning, implementation of systems as well as comprehensive understanding of State and Federal regulations. Cindy has achieved successful results as a clinical consultant in all aspects of clinical operations, as well as regulatory compliance. Currently Cindy is the Director of Education for NADONA. Her role is responsible for the planning, direction and implementation of all Educational Projects and pursuits within NADONA. She is the creator and instructor of the Infection Control Certificate of Mastery Program and the Antibiotic Stewardship Certificate of Mastery Series.

Stan Szpytek | Fire and Life Safety, Inc.
Stan Szpytek is the president of Fire and Life Safety, Inc. and is the Life Safety / Disaster Planning Consultant for the Arizona Health Care Association as well as the California Association of Health Facilities. Stan is a former deputy fire chief and fire marshal with a Chicago area fire department having served the community for 26 years and honorably retired in 2003. His firm has been engaged by several state health care associations affiliated with the American Health Care Association as well as providers from coast-to-coast with specific focus on life safety compliance and emergency management practices in long-term care facilities.

Dr. Matthew Beacom | University of Nebraska Medical Center
A Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska native, Dr. Beacom has practiced medicine in Fremont for 9 years. He earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He then studied for his M.D. at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, followed by a residency in family medicine. Dr. Beacom is board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is also a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. In addition to his clinic practice, Dr. Beacom has been on faculty at UNMC since 2001 and participates in overseas medical mission trips as a medical student mentor. He is also the medical director for Three Rivers Public Health, two fire departments and a national hospice agency. Dr. Beacom has a keen interest in clinical research, and has been an investigator for more than 30 clinical research trials for companies such as Novartis, Pfizer, Glaxo Wellcome, Bristol Myers Squibb, sanofi-aventis, Bayer, Daiichi-Sankyo, Forest, and Boehringer Ingelheim.

Barbara Speedling
An inspirational and motivational speaker, Barbara Speedling is an author, educator and management consultant at the forefront of person-centered care. An innovator with more than 30 years of practical experience within the adult care community, she is the expert providers turn to when they want to ensure that the services they provide meet not only the physical needs of their residents, but their emotional and psychosocial needs as well. Working from a core belief in the dignity and individuality of all people, Barbara’s unique education and training programs have helped countless adult care communities achieve lasting improvements in quality care and quality of life.

Cat Selman | The Cat Selman Company
Cat Selman uses her dynamic personality and compelling presence to spread the message of positive, realistic, and common-sense strategies for the aging services professional. She presently serves as President and Co-Owner of The Cat Selman Company, a company specializing in continuing education for healthcare professionals. Cat received her degree from Trevecca Nazarene University, with continued graduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi. She was the Corporate Activity & Social Work Consultant for 101 nursing homes in 7 states. With over 35 years experience in management, education and consultation, Cat has trained providers and surveyors in all 50 states. Since 1989, she has often been requested by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to sit on stakeholder/ expert panels responsible for the revision of surveyor guidance and compliance issues. In fact, Cat participated in a CMS Expert Panel Group responsible for some of the Surveyor Guidance that is now included in the current CMS RoP. She continues to train State Agencies & surveyors in the Care Planning Process, as well as other requirements regarding process, documentation, and compliance. In demand, and on topic, she is considered an authority in aging services.


RN: This program will provide participants the opportunity to earn up to 6 contact hours for nurses. HCAM is an
approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the
American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
NHA: This program has been submitted, but not yet approved, for Continuing Education for 6 total participant hours


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