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Essentials of the LTC Director of Nursing Role Part 3 (webinar series)
Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 1:00 PM to Thursday, June 29, 2023, 4:15 PM CDT
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The Essentials of the LTC Director of Nursing Role virtual series will take place in three segments over the first half of 2023 that will aid in developing the Director of Nursing (DON) role in nursing homes. Elements of this series will focus on budgeting and quality assurance; survey processes and regulations; and human resources, customer service, and leadership. The June 28-29, 2023 two-day event is part 3 of the virtual series. This series is produced by LeadingAge Iowa.

Each segment of this series is designed to provide in-depth information and discussion on each topic without taking the series in a sequential order or taking all 3 sections of the series. By making each of the 3 segments standalone, you can better address succession planning by having individuals attend as their nurse leadership skills are identified.

Who Should Attend: LTC Administrators, Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing, and other nurse leaders. Appropriate for SNF providers.

Event Agenda

June 28, 2023
1 – 2:15 p.m. CT   
Human Resources
Depending on the organizational structure of the nursing home, the Director of Nursing will serve in a human resource capacity related to interviewing, hiring, disciplining, and potentially terminating nursing staff. It is essential for the Director of Nursing to have a basic knowledge of best practices for human resources.  

  • Incorporate strategies for pre-employment screening and interviewing processes for nursing department personnel.  
  • Discuss the requirements for criminal background checks, adult abuse registry checks, license/certification verification, and occupational health.  
  • Identify best practices to prevent employee concerns regarding the ADA and Civil Rights laws.

Faculty: Krissy Gilbreth, Human Resources Director, Oaknoll Retirement Residence, Iowa City

2:30 – 4:15 p.m. CT
Developing an Effective Infection Prevention & Control Program
Infection prevention and control has never been more critical to providing a safe environment for the residents served. This session will include the required components of the infection prevention and control program according to the federal requirements of participation including elements on the CMS Critical Element Pathway, antibiotic stewardship, and infection surveillance in nursing homes.  

  • Recognize components of a compliant infection prevention and control program.  
  • Identify best practices related to antibiotic stewardship.  
  • Utilize the CMS Critical Element Pathway as a quality assurance monitoring tool. 

Faculty: Deb Martin, RN, BSN, IP, Account Executive, CE Solutions/VGM Education, Waterloo 
Susan Ayers, RN, BSN, LNHA, IP, Administrator, Chautauqua Guest Homes, Charles City 

June 29, 2023
1 – 4:15 p.m. CT (a 15-minute break will be scheduled during this session)
Regulations Relevant to the Nursing Department Part 2
This session will include strategies for maintaining compliance regarding federal regulations with focuses in the nursing department.  The following sections from Appendix PP of the State Operations Manual (SOM) will be covered in-depth including regulatory language, developing strategies for strong prevention programs in accordance with interpretative guidance, and examples of non-compliance.   

  • Quality of Care 
  • Physician’s Services 
  • Nursing Services 
  • Behavioral Health 

In addition, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement examples will be provided during discussion on each regulation.  

  • Review the regulations pertaining to the nursing department and resident care.  
  • Establish effective compliant programs to prevent resident harm and non-compliance.  
  • Discuss examples of non-compliance based on previous deficient practices as cited in Iowa.  
  • Develop quality assurance monitors to assure ongoing regulatory compliance. 
Faculty: Kellie Van Ree, RN, LNHA, IP, Director of Clinical Services, LeadingAge Iowa, UrbandaleKellie Van Ree started her career in long-term care as a dietary aide, working short shifts after school, later advancing to a certified nurses aide and a certified medication aide. In 2003, Kellie graduated from Kirkwood Community College, serving as an LPN, later returning to Kirkwood to complete her associates degree in applied science and successfully completed RN boards. In 2009, Kellie again returned to Bellevue University to complete her bachelors degree in long-term care administration. In addition to being a state surveyor for a short period of time, Kellie served in many positions throughout a long-term care continuum including a home health nurse, corporate consultant, director of nursing and administrator before becoming the director of clinical services with LeadingAge Iowa.  


     LeadingAge NE Member Rate          $145    
     Non-member      $300    
     Group of 2 people from the same campus*          $250    




*This registration type allows for up to 2 people from the same campus to register for one flat fee. To register at this rate, you will need to select the Group of 2 people rate on the online registration form and include the names and other contact information requested.

What’s Included: Registration fee includes digital handout, one connection to the virtual, live-streaming event, and instructions for receiving CE credit/attendance certificate for one person. This event will NOT be recorded; therefore, a recording of this event is NOT included in the registration fee.

Handouts: All handouts will be available digitally.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Registration deadline for the series is June 23, 2023. No-shows will be billed. No refunds for failure to log-in at the time of the event. Substitutions welcome anytime via email. All cancellation and substitution requests must be emailed to Natalie McCormick at [email protected]. LeadingAge Iowa reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrollment, in which case pre-registered participants will be notified and full refunds provided.

Continuing Education: 6 hours hours of continuing education from Nebraska DHHS Regulation and Licensure, Board of NHA has been approved for this conference. Appropriate records will be maintained for other disciplines to receive credit from their credentialing organizations. Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #67 – 3 contact hours for the June 28 session and 3 contact hours for the June 29 session for a total of 6 contact hours. Providership regulations do not allow for partial credit to be given for any portion of this program. You must attend the entire session to receive credit. Retain certificate for four years.

Split/Share Policy: Splitting or sharing a registration is not permitted. Registrations are to be used by the same person for the entire program even if the person is able to attend only part of the program or conference.


Contact: [email protected]