Save the Date - Advanced Certified Nurse Aide Training: Building Blocks for Success

Save the date for this free two-day training. The Advanced Certified Nurse Aide Training: Building Blocks for Success will provide Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) with advanced skills that focus on how to care for residents with challenging behaviors, as well as those with an intellectual and/or developmental disability, mental illness, and complex medical issues.

Participants will learn to effectively advocate for resident rights, communicate and elevate resident care issues, and observe and identify physical, verbal and nonverbal cues that residents may exhibit. Attendees will also learn to manage their time and work to avoid stress and burnout, and gain advanced skills in various competencies. Participants will be provided the latest resources and tools to enable them to provide the best possible care and improve the quality of life for their residents.

Dates and Locations:

  • Aug. 28-29, 2018 - Tyler
  • Sep. 12-13, 2018 - Fort Worth
  • Sep. 26-27, 2018 - Abilene
  • Oct. 10-11, 2018 - El Paso
  • Oct. 15-16, 2018 - Austin
  • Oct. 24-25, 2018 - Houston
  • Nov. 15-16, 2018 – San Antonio
  • Dec. 5-6, 2018 - Edinburg
  • Dec. 12-13, 2018 - Corpus Christi
  • Dec. 19-20, 2018 - Harlingen

Registration begins June 2018. For more information, email

Save the Date for the 2018 Geriatric Symposium – Texas Taking the Next Step

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), in collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, is hosting a free two-day, event. The 2018 Geriatric Symposium will be held August 13-14 at the Sheraton Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center.  

Day 1 will focus on “The Power of Collaboration among Texas’ Long-Term Care Nurses,” providing nurses with advanced information related to the care of older adults and those with dementia-related conditions.  Day 2 will focus on “Evolution and Diversity in the Aging Community” and will provide important information related to the care of individuals with dementia-related conditions. Day 2 is open to all healthcare disciplines, as well as family members, guardians, friends, consumers and private caregivers.  

Registration will open on May 14, 2018. For more information and updates, email

Save the Date - Meaningful Activities to Increase Quality of Life

HHSC, in collaboration with Natalie B. Davis, AA, CDP, CADDCT, will be hosting the “Meaningful Activities to Increase Quality of Life” conferences. 

This training is designed for all nursing facility staff, including activity directors, licensed nurses, certified nurse aides, and ancillary staff. Ms. Davis will provide attendees with evidence-based best practices that will help them implement individualized activities that reflect each resident’s preferences, customary habits, and lifestyle. Participants will also learn how to develop person-centered activity programs that are both meaningful and relevant. 

Dates and Locations: 

  • Jun. 12, 2018 - San Antonio
  • Jun. 29, 2018 - Corpus Christi
  • Jul. 11, 2018 - Houston
  • Jul. 19, 2018 - Fort Worth
  • Jul. 24, 2018 - Abilene

HHSC is also offering participants the opportunity to nominate their NF to receive a complementary customized activity program.  To participate in the nomination process however, a facility staff member MUST attend one of the five regional trainings.  Only 20 facilities will be selected for this rare opportunity that will take place between August 2018 and January 2019. 

For more information, including how to register for one of the regional trainings, contact

Quality Monitoring Program - Dementia Training Opportunities for NFs

Free, comprehensive dementia care training is available to NFs through the Quality Monitoring Program (QMP), including:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar: An eight hour training program that teaches NF staff to provide appropriate, competent and sensitive care and support to residents with dementia. On completion of the training, participants are eligible to apply for certification through the National Council for Certified Dementia Practitioners. For more information about certification, visit
  • Texas OASIS Dementia Training Academy: A two-day training that focuses on dementia basics, including person-centered care and using non-pharmacological interventions to manage behaviors. The OASIS curriculum was developed by Dr. Susan Wehry, and in collaboration with HHSC was adapted to meet the unique needs of Texas nursing facilities.
  • Virtual Dementia Tour: Simulates the physical and mental challenges people with dementia face. It allows caregivers to “experience”  dementia for themselves, letting them move from sympathy to empathy and to better understand the behaviors and needs of their residents.
  • Person-Centered Thinking: An interactive, two-day training designed to provide NF staff with the skills necessary to help residents maintain positive control over their lives. Participants will be introduced to the core concept of Person-Centered Thinking Training: finding a balance between what’s “important to” and “important for” the people they serve. Participants will learn how to obtain a deeper understanding of the people they support and to organize this learning to inform their efforts to help people get the lives they value.

If you are interested in scheduling any of these trainings in your facility, please email the request to

Infection Prevention and Control Resources for NFs

HHSC and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have received reports of infectious illnesses in NFs, including reports of norovirus outbreaks, as well as influenza outbreaks throughout the 2017-2018 flu season.  

What is reportable, and to whom?

  • A list of notifiable conditions in Texas is available on the DSHS website, and includes the timeframes for reporting.  In addition to the conditions listed, any outbreaks, exotic diseases, and unusual group expressions of disease must be reported.  Contact information for your local health department, based upon the county the facility is located in, can be found here.
  • Nursing facilities have additional reporting requirements per 40 TAC §19.1923(b)(1)-(2). NFs are required to self-report outbreaks to the HHS Consumer Rights and Services. For more information about self-reporting incidents to CRS, please see Provider Letter 2017-18. The report must be made to CRS within 24 hours.

QMP has developed and implemented an Infection Prevention and Control best practice focus area. Quality Monitors can visit your facility to evaluate your Infection Prevention and Control program, and provide technical assistance for improvement as needed.

If you would like to schedule a QMP visit, please email your request to

Texas Health Care Association Receives Civil Monetary Penalty Grant

The Texas Health Care Association (THCA) has received a Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) grant to develop and support a project that would build an online Clinical Resource Center (CRC) that will act as a clearing house for clinical and related LTC information for Texas. 

The CRC website is designed to provide key information about clinical care for staff working in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The website development and support is provided by staff from the Center for Health Systems Research & Analysis (CHSRA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The CRC is a dynamic forum for sharing National and Texas specific useful information and resources and act as a one stop clearing house for long-term care staff at all levels.

Visit the CRC website for more information.

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