Uncategorized

Scholarship Success!

For Immediate Release                                               Contact: Joey Pettis, Executive DirectorPhone: 877.366.1144 x 2Email: Joey@WI-DON-Council.org Nursing Scholarship Fundraiser Success Long-Term Care Nursing Symposium 2019 Raises $8,720 Wisconsin – February 28, 2019 – The Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council announces with great excitement that the Annual Nursing Scholarship Banquet Dinner held during their annual Symposium, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, received $4,360 in donations.  This, along with the matching fund donation made by North Shore Healthcare, has earned $8,720 to provide nursing student scholarships to those who are committed to working in the long-term care continuum.  The Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council has had the privilege over the last 26 years to provide $54,000 in nursing scholarships to students pursuing a career in the long-term care continuum.  It is due to the generosity of each of our members and conference attendees that we can provide scholarships.  This year we were presented with an excellent opportunity to increase our funds significantly – North Shore Healthcare matched the money we raise upto $5,000.  The Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council – Education Forum, Inc. will be able to provide at least eight $1,000 nursing scholarships. “We are honored to partner with the Council and award scholarships to nurses who are eager to continue their education and hone their skills in long-term care nursing. We support our direct caregivers and nurses, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help shape the future of those who will provide care to residents,” said Dee McCarthy, Chief Clinical Officer for North Shore Healthcare. Joey Pettis, Executive Director, of Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council, “This year’s banquet was amazing.  Our attendees really stepped up to earn the most we’ve ever made at our banquet.  To also […]

I’m scared. You should be too.

The Closing of Wisconsin Nursing Homes and the Staffing Crisis Needs Everyones Attention. Last Thursday was Valentine’s Day, but that day my heart was breaking. It started as a pleasant Thursday. The facility I consulted with had a deficiency-free survey — a great accomplishment for their team. The WI DON Council received its provider number from the California Board of Registered Nursing.  A wonderful addition to offering continuing education hours to our members.  I was appointed to be a part of the Wisconsin Dementia Task Force on behalf of the WI DON Council. A tremendous honor to advocate for our dementia resident on behalf of our members. All in all, it had been a week of positives.  Then I heard the news.  Word was out that yet another facility in Milwaukee is closing.  The Director of Nursing, one of our members, and her staff are going through the challenge of closing a facility and displacing the elderly from what they know to call home.   It makes me sad. It makes me angry. It makes me worried.  Wisconsin, we should be scared. I’m scared! Why Scared! This announcement makes six nursing home announcing closures in the first seven weeks of 2019. 27 nursing homes closed in 2016-2018.  Many of these closures were related to the  low Medicaid reimbursement rate. When all is said and done, Wisconsin will have lost 33 long term care facilities since 2016. Read on after you have had a moment to digest the figures above. How can we sustain this rate of closure? How can we continue to care for our most vulnerable population,  if homes are not around when they are needed. We all understand the push for home based care, […]

NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS WITH A LONG-TERM CARE FOCUS

How a matching funds donation will support more nursing students looking for a career in long-term care continuum   For Immediate Release                                               Contact: Joey Pettis, Executive DirectorPhone: 877.366.1144 x 2Email: Joey@WI-DON-Council.org Wisconsin – February 4, 2019 – The Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council announces with great excitement that North Shore Healthcare has offered to match funds raised for our Nursing Scholarship Fundraiser & Raffle up to $5,000.  The Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council has had the privilege over the last 26 years to provide $52,000 in nursing scholarships to students pursuing a career in the long-term care continuum.  It is due to the generosity of each of our members and conference attendees that we can provide scholarships.  This year we have been presented with an excellent opportunity to increase our funds significantly – North Shore Healthcare has offered to match the money we raise to $5,000.  “North Shore Healthcare is excited to help sponsor the 2019 scholarships awarded by the Council to nurses in long-term care. One of our organization’s core values is competence, and we believe in supporting our nurses in furthering their education to ensure the best possible care is given to our residents. We are equally supportive of all nurses and individuals who want to continue their education or enter the field of long-term care. By matching dollar for dollar the amount raised by the raffle for the scholarships, we are doing our part to assist those who are as passionate about long-term care nursing as we are,” said Dee McCarthy, Chief Clinical Officer of North Shore Healthcare in Glendale, WI.  Joey Pettis, Executive Director, of Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council, “I have no words.  We are so grateful to be able […]

Exhibitor Referral Bonus

Earn a $25 Referral Bonus in the form of an Amazon Gift Card when you refer an Exhibitor who registers for Symposium 2017! Here is a link to our Exhibitor Prospectus you can forward your favorite supplier, vendor or consultant. There is no limit to how many Exhibitors you can refer. Well… We can only fit 30 more Exhibitors so there’s that. That’s a lot of gift cards! LOL. Below are the Exhibitors from 2016 (they wouldn’t be eligible for a referral). Hopefully, this will give you an idea of who is missing out on meeting decision makers. * Exhibitor must register and complete the purchase. Gift Card will be given after the Exhibitor Showcase. Exhibitor must use the referral’s name on the registration form. The Exhibitor must not have exhibited in the last 5 years. Other restrictions apply. Rules and Restrictions can be updated without notice.        

Symposium Exhibitor Registration Open

Registration is open for the 2017 Symposium Exhibitor Showcase. Early registration ends Sept. 30th, 2016.

Nursing License Plate

On March 30, 2016 Gov. Walker signed into law Wisconsin Act 328. The law allows for the issuing a specialty license plate for nurses. The proceeds from the license plate will go to a fund called the Wisconsin Nurses’ Education Fund, that will be established by the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives. The distribution of funds would be determined by an Advisory Council of the Nurses’ Education Fund comprised of several Nursing Organizations. The anticipated cost of the plate is $40.00; there will be a $15.00 issuance fee and $25.00 annual donation to the Wisconsin Nurses’ Education Fund. The  license plate is expected to be available for purchase next year. Thank all of our members who contacted their legislator asking for support.  Your voice made a difference! To view Wisconsin Act 328 please go to:  http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/document/acts/2015/328

  • Five-Star Rating Update
    Five-Star Rating Update Five-Star Rating Update

    Five-Star Rating Update

Five-Star Rating Update

The shared documents are a Five-Star Rating Update of how our facilities are scored in the Five-Star Rating system. The first document called “ Five-Star Quality Rating State- Level Cut Point Table” shares information on each state and where the percentile cuts are for each of the 5 stars.  Note that each state is only allowed a certain percent of five-star facilities. The second document is a spread sheet.  It shows each facility in each state, the staffing hours that were reported, and how they are adjusted. This is information is interesting and sometimes gets buried in our emails.  We wanted you to have one-click access to this information if you find it interesting or helpful. Cut Point Table https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/CertificationandComplianc/Downloads/cutpointstable.pdf​  Download Staffing Excel File: https://www.wi-don-council.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/staffingdatafile-3.zip Five-Star Quality Rating CMS webpage https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/CertificationandComplianc/FSQRS.html Have a great Thanksgiving! Joey Pettis RN, DON-CLTC, WCC, DWC Executive Director  |  WI Director of Nursing Council

4 Reasons to Attend this Year’s Long Term Care Nursing Workshop 2015

4 Reasons to Attend this Year’s Long Term Care Nursing Workshop 2015 Educational Topics –   The topics at Workshop are not just presentations. They are designed to engage the attendees. These topics are providing you the value for your limited dollars and some productive time away from your job. This year’s presenters are have proven to be leaders in their field and have excellent speaking evaluations. The sessions will be interactive and hands-on. Networking at its Best – No one “Gets You” like those nursing professionals who do what you do every day. Make new connections with people from around the state. You will be able to engage with those individuals, ask questions, and learn things from others that you didn’t even know you needed. The relaxing, laid back environment of the Heidel House is the perfect location to encourage mingling with others. Relaxation and Fun at the Heidel House Resort & Boat Cruise – The Heidel House is located on shores of Green Lake. The gorgeous, green hue of the water over the large lake is the perfect backdrop to a sunset boat cruise. Enjoy the outdoors in September on any of the balconies at their restaurants and bars. The appetizers and boat cruise are Thanks to Thrifty White Pharmacy for sponsoring this networking event like none we have ever done before. Need a little something extra? Take an extra break and treat yourself at the Evensong Spa and receive a discount on their services. Vendor Show – Exhibitors of the Vendors Shows continuously speak highly of the attendees of the Vendor Shows and come back year-after-year. They are always impressed with how attendees continuously engage them and ask questions about their services. You […]

  • Great Humor Break! Great Humor Break!

    Great Humor Break!

Great Humor Break!

Everyone needs to take a humor break.  This is worth the 15 minutes video below, you won’t regret it. Part Two Senior Conference On Aging. Held at the First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena. Keynote Speaker Fritz Coleman NBC4’s weathercaster is a Southern California broadcasting icon.