May 6, 2019

PASRR in the Nursing Facility Online Training

PASRR in the Nursing Facility is now available. This new, nine-module, online course provides thorough and sustainable education, and information and resources that are needed to successfully complete all NF responsibilities related to the PASRR process. In addition, this training will detail the complexities of caring for residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental illness or both.

This course is free and is approved by HHSC for 7.0 hours of continuing education credit for Social Workers, LPCs, LMFTs, LNFAs, NF Activity Directors, QIDPs, CNAs, and licensed psychology professionals.

To complete the PASRR in the NF online course, select this link, select “enroll me,” and then create a user account in the HHS Learning Portal. After creating the account, navigate the portal to find the course, or simply return to the link to go directly to the course.

QMP Releases Updated Brochure – Opioids: An Epidemic Crisis

This brochure was developed as a resource for prescribers, consultant pharmacists, and facility staff as they as they work to ensure the appropriate use of opioid medications in nursing home residents. The brochure can be downloaded from the QMP website.

Save the Date - 2019 HHS Quality in Long-Term Care Conference

HHSC, in collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, will once again be hosting a free two-day educational event:

  1. Day 1 “Empowering Nurses Across the Long-Term Care Continuum”
  2. Day 2 “Connecting the Dots: Improving Quality and Safety Across the Long-Term Continuum”

The conference includes nationally and internationally-recognized speakers presenting on current health care trends and evidence-based best practices related to long-term care, aging and disabilities. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network with peers and community partners from around the state, and receive promotional materials from vendors.

Dates and Location:
Aug. 12-13
Sheraton Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center
Georgetown, Texas

Registration opens June 1. Email questions to QMP@hhsc.state.tx.us.

2019 LTC Nurse Staffing Study - Calling all NF Administrators and Directors of Nursing.

The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies’ 2019 Long Term Care Nurse Staffing Study will be open through May 31. The purpose of this survey is to assess nurse staffing issues among employers of nurses throughout the state, including nursing facilities.

The Center will gather data that helps nursing advocates and lawmakers make informed decisions regarding the nursing shortage in Texas. Your participation is necessary to ensure valid, reliable, and representative data is available to support recommendations and policy aimed at strengthening the nursing workforce in Texas. Don’t miss your opportunity to make your voice heard. Complete the survey now.

Workplace Violence Against Nurses Prevention Grant Program Awardees Announced.

The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies administers a grant program to fund innovative approaches to reduce verbal and physical violence against nurses in hospitals, freestanding emergency medical care facilities, nursing facilities, and home health agencies. Grant recipients are required to submit periodic reports describing the outcome of the activities funded through the grant.

The Center recently announced the recipients of the 2019 Workplace Violence Against Nurses Grant Program. Awardees will present on their final project reports via webcast by late 2019 or early 2020. For more information visit the Center website.

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