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AMDA Update on COVID-19

The Executive Committee of AMDA’s Board of Directors is monitoring the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak and posting updates as they occur.  The health, safety, and well-being of the community is our highest priority. This is a rapidly evolving situation; please check the CDC website often for the latest recommendations.

The American Geriatrics Society
Partnership for Health in Aging
A Coalition of Organizations Representing Healthcare Professions Caring for Older Adults
To prepare America’s formal and informal caregiving workforce to provide quality care for America’s aging population, and to ensure the financial feasibility of providing that care.

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE: Quick Assessment Reference Pocket Guides/Badge Buddies for Coding

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering Pocket Guides to assist providers in assessing and coding self-care and mobility, falls, and pressure ulcers/injuries. The pocket guides provide a quick reference for important terms and definitions that promote coding accuracy. These training assets are intended for providers in Home Health Agencies (HHAs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). The pocket guides are approximately 2 x 3.5 inches in size and are designed to be worn behind a provider identification badge. The pocket guides cover the following topics:

  • Pocket Guide #1: Coding for Self-Care and Mobility Items.
  • Pocket Guide #2: Definitions for Coding Section J Fall Items.
  •  Pocket Guide #3: Pressure Ulcers/Injuries Stages and Definitions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The pocket guides are available under the Downloads section of the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Training page for each setting:

If you have questions about accessing the resources or feedback regarding the trainings, please email the PAC Training Mailbox ( Content-related questions should be submitted to the setting specific help desk:


The Parts of Medicare

Common Medicare Terms

Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans

12 Facts All Seniors Should Know About Medicare

The Ultimate Guide to Medicare Enrollment


26 Frequently Asked Questions About Long-term Care

A Comprehensive Guide to Financial Assistance for Senior Care and Living Expenses

How Much Does a Senior Home Cost?

Aging in Place Design Checklist: How to Design Safe & Accessible Homes

Long-Distance Caregiving: How to Ensure Your Loved Ones are Safe at Home

Signs a Senior Needs Help at Home

Senior Citizen’s Guide To Aging At Home Safely And With Dignity

List of Common Diagnoses of Elderly

Press Release: CMS Develops Additional Code for Coronavirus Lab Tests

Press Release: Statement from CMS Administrator Seema Verma on America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) taking action against the Coronavirus

Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Response News Alert: CMS Issues Frequently Asked

SNF QRP Data Collection and Final Submission Deadlines for the FY 2021



Head to Toe Infection Prevention Toolkit (ZIP)

Developing a Restful Environment Action Manual (DREAM) Toolkit (ZIP)

CMPRP-Toolkit 1 – Employee Competency Assessments (ZIP)

CMPRP-Toolkit 2 – Employee Satisfaction Survey (ZIP)

CMPRP-Toolkit 3-Guide to Staff Satisfaction (PDF)

QM User’s Manual v12

CMS Releases ICD-10 Assessment and Maintenance Toolkit


Press Release: HHS Finalizes Historic Rules to Provide Patients More Control of Their Health Data



Nursing Home Staff Competency Assessment

CNA Career Paths

How to Become a CNA

CNA Free Training

Top Nurse

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic medical care to the sick, injured, and disabled under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs) and doctors. The LPN/LVN profession only requires you to obtain a diploma, certificate, or associate degree from an accredited nursing program; these typically take one or two years. The term ‘LPN’ is most frequently used to describe these professionals, though some states prefer to call them LVNs.


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Fast Track LPN Programs

Nursing Careers

FDA announces voluntary nationwide recall of all liquid products manufactured by PharmaTech and distributed by six companies

  • [UPDATE 8/9/2016]  FDA is alerting health care professionals and consumers of PharmaTech’s voluntary recall expansion to include all liquid products due to possible Burkholderia cepacia contamination. These products were manufactured in its Davie, Florida, facility, and distributed and labeled by six firms – Rugby, Major, Bayshore, Metron, Centurion, and Virtus.

Consumers, pharmacies, and health care facilities that have product which is being recalled should stop using and dispensing them immediately. Using these products in a patient whose immune system is compromised could result in infections, which may be life-threatening.

To date, FDA has received adverse event reports related to oral liquid docusate sodium and is not aware of any adverse event reports related to the additional recalled products.

FDA and CDC will provide additional information when it is available.

FDA announces voluntary nationwide recall of oral liquid docusate sodium manufactured by PharmaTech and distributed by Rugby Laboratories

[7/16/16]  U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals that PharmaTech LLC, Davie, Florida, is voluntarily recalling all non-expired lots of Diocto Liquid, a docusate sodium solution distributed by Rugby Laboratories, Livonia, Michigan. The agency confirmed the product has been contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria linked to an outbreak in five states.

PharmaTech manufactures the oral liquid docusate sodium, which is distributed nationwide by Rugby with a Rugby label in one pint (473 mL) bottles.

In addition, FDA has received several adverse event reports of B. cepacia infections in patients. Some of these reports identify liquid docusate sodium products manufactured by companies other than PharmaTech. FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to investigate the extent of this issue in order to identify other potentially contaminated liquid docusate sodium products.

Patient safety is our top priority. FDA joins CDC in recommending that clinicians not use any liquid docusate sodium product as a stool softener or for any other medical purpose.

FDA and CDC will provide additional information when it is available.

FDA encourages health care professionals and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of oral liquid docusate sodium products to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:

Each scholarship will award $5,000 to 10 students with the most compelling ideas for addressing some of the biggest challenges in healthcare.


  • GoodRx Helps Equity in Pharmacy Scholarship
    • For current or recently graduated pharmacy (PharmD) or pharmacy technician students (CPhT, PTCB)
    • Applications open May 16 – June 27


  • GoodRx Helps Future Black Physicians and Physician Associates Scholarship
    • For current or recently graduated Black medical (MD, DO) or physician associate students (PA)
    • Applications open June 1 – July 13


  • GoodRx Helps Nurses for Change Scholarship
    • For current or recently graduated nursing (LPN/LVN, ASN, BSN) or advanced degree nursing students (MSN, APRN, DNP)
    • Applications open July 5 – August 15


Eligibility requirements for the scholarships:

  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Self-identify as a person from an underrepresented population in the healthcare field


Students can visit to learn more about and apply for the GoodRx Helps scholarships.

National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign

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Do I Qualify for Financial Aid?

Best Guide to Online DHA Programs

The Student’s Guide to Managing Stress in College

Dermatology Nurse Career Overview

Mental Health and Sleep

Griswold’s new scholarship program honors caregivers, founder’s legacy

Elder Abuse & Neglect – Warning Signs & How to Prevent it

Best Colleges Scholarships for Nursing Students

The 5 Most Affordable Online MBA Programs 2021

Grades Fixer: Useful Tools for Virtual and Distance Learning

Financial Aid for Marginalized Students

Become with Lantern:  Plan your career from start to finish

Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Guide to the Best Online Master’s Programs in 2021

College Consensus Best Online Colleges & Universities

LTC News

BRC Healthcare Programs That Are Bringing Real Change

Career Exploration Guide in Medical Imaging: A Resource Guide for Healthcare Students

The 10 Best College Majors for the Future

How To Manage Your Online Studies Efficiently

Finding a Job as a Nursing School Graduate

6 Essential Tips for Nurses in their First Year

The Ultimate List of Best Universities for Graduate Careers: Global University Employability Ranking 2020-2021

Nursing License Map

Nursing in California: Plan Your Career as an RN or LVN

College Students Guide to Ergonomics 

College Scholarship Guide – EduBirdie

Guide to BSN to DNP Programs Online

Guide to Online DNP Programs (Doctor of Nursing Practice

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Preventing Trips and Falls at Home and the Workplace: Design and Layout Considerations

Age-in-Place Home Improvements: A Room-by-Room Guide

Going from RN to BSN

13 Minority Nursing Scholarships

How to Identify and Address Apathy Caused by Dementia

Top 21 Scholarships for US Entrepreneurs 2021 (Applying tips & Statistics)

CNA Free Training

CNA Classes Near Me

The Increasing Demand for Nurses: An Online Guide to Educational and Career Pathways

Guide to Online Nursing Programs

Students’ Guide to Online Lectures

Students’ Guide to Succeed in Discussion Forums

The 20 Best Nursing Career Specialties

Broadband Search

Legal Assistance for Nursing Home Abuse

Top 60 Online Master’s Programs No GRE

CNA Classes Near Me

CNA Free Training Aging Matters Scholarship

Resume Builder Create a Resume

Resume Builder High School Resume Examples

25 Nursing School Leaders Tell Nursing Students What to Expect in 2021

Seven Mistakes to Avoid When Searching for Your First CNA Job

Memory Care Facilities

Tips for Nursing Students

Nursing Career Requirements Overview

Nursing Field Fundamentals

Native American Scholarships

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Online Graduate Students

Online MBA Review

University HQ Nursing Degree Guide

Online Colleges that Offer Free Laptops or Tablets

8 Simple Questions to Finding Your Nursing Niche

The Nursing Degree Pathfinder

Recent college graduates face a tough job market : Here are your options

Guide to Finding and Winning Nursing Scholarships

Scholarships for Nursing Majors

What is a Medical Assistant and How Can You Become One

Scholarships for Women

Financial Assistance for Single Mothers

Online RN to MSN

Healthcare Administration Degrees Guide

Family Nurse Practitioner Programs Online

Free Internet for Students:  7 Providers Offering Support

Scholarships for Women

Nursing Programs and COVID-19

Online Degrees in Public Service

Financial Aid for Online Colleges

Nursing Cover Letter Example & Guide [2020]

Understanding of Federal Student Aid

Advent Health University Night Shift Nurse Survival Guide:  Resources, Tools & Tips

Nurse Journal Social Community for Nurses Worldwide Financial Aid Overview and Scholarships

DeVry University Healthcare Degrees

Nursing Career Guide – The Best Scholarship Search Platforms of 2017

Nursing Scholarship Health Care Leaders

Nursing Scholarship

Online RN to BSN programs

How to Become a Nurse

Top 50 RN to BSN Programs

Registered RN to MSN Guide

RN Salary

RN Careers

The Student Loan Report

Top Nursing

Healthcare administration degree guidebooks to better help job seekers, professionals, and students understand the changing landscapes of healthcare administration both at school and work. This guidebook can be viewed here:

Accredited Online Schools and Colleges Online Nursing Programs from Top Schools

Health Services Administration Major

Medical and Billing Coding (Student guide, icd-10, scholarship)

Managing Nurse Fatigue – A Commitment to Quality Care

Rutgers OnlinePursue What’s Next:  RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bradley University Online Master of Science in Nursing Program

Accredited Schools Online

Contacting a state board of nursing – How to find them

College Guidebook: Tips and tricks to success

Guide to Online Universities & Colleges

Online College Financial Aid Opportunities

Student Success: A College Survival Guide

The Online MBA in Healthcare Management

How to Get Hired: A Grads Guide to a Career

College Universities:  Your Education Starts Here

Colorado Technical University Masters of Nursing Career Resources

Maryville College – Nursing in the United States

Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies

Guide to Online Schools

2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges

2018 Top Online Colleges

Best Value Schools Masters in Nursing Online

Top Accredited Online Colleges

George Washington University School of Nursing and Health Studies

Best RN to BSN Program

What Can I Do With My MSN Degree?

University of Louisiana Lafayette RN to BSN

Purdue University Global Nursing School Programs

AND Your Nursing Career Guide

Online DNP Programs

Best Nursing Degrees

Accelerated Online Programs

BSN Education

Scholarships for Student Caregivers

The Scholarship

RN program rankings

Free CNA Training and Classes Near You

Nursing Resume Writing

How to Become a Nurse

CNA Test Practice

TEACH!  Make a Difference

Student’s Guide to Financial Aid Online: How to Pay for College Responsibly

Guide to Online BSN to DNP Programs

Milken Institute School of Public Health

University Headquarters

Best Trade Schools:  Nursing and Healthcare

The Recovery Village:  Drug and Alcohol Treatment for the Elderly

Careerblog:  Nursing Resumes Samples and How-to Guides

Nurse Journal:  Types of Master’s Degrees in Nursing

Graduate Certificates Available for Nurses

Discover Healthcare Administration

WGU Ohio College of Health Professions Online

Prime Medical Alert Prime Scholarship

Nurse Salary Guide in Ohio

Online MBA & EMBA Guides

How to Become a CNA

In the years to come, our country is projected to experience a shortage of nurses that will only be aggravated by the aging Baby Boomer generation. Considering nurses’ contributions to the entire medical industry, the impact would degrade our society’s health at large. It’s increasingly more important than ever to encourage individuals to pursue or advance their careers in nursing.

However, the variety of degree and certificate options, and all the acronyms that come with them can make the nursing field difficult to navigate. In order to help alleviate the confusion, my team at curated a streamlined series of guides breaking down degree types, program requirements, and flexible degree options. You can check them out below:

Becoming a Nurse Series

Nursing Career Pathways

Earning a Nursing Degree:

Flexible Nursing Programs:

Accelerated Nursing Programs:

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant

What is a CNA?

Flexible CNA Programs:

Scholarships for Prospective Nurses:

In order for our healthcare system – and more broadly, our society – to be able to address the needs of its people, we need well-trained nurses to counteract the shortage. We researched these guides to help nurses advance their careers for the betterment of both their lives and their communities.


Online Nursing Programs

Online ADN Programs

Online RN to BSN Programs

Online MSN Programs

Earning an Associate’s in Nursing

Earning a Bachelor’s in Nursing

Earning a Master’s in Nursing

Earning a Doctorate in Nursing



The Joint Commission’s Weekly Newsletter


Published for Joint Commission-accredited organizations and interested health care professionals, R3 Report provides the rationale and references that The Joint Commission employs in the development of new requirements. While the standards manuals also may provide a rationale, R3 Report goes into more depth, providing a rationale statement for each element of performance (EP). The references provide the evidence that supports the requirement. R3 Report may be reproduced if credited to The Joint Commission. Sign up for email delivery.


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Vaccine Safety Resources for Healthcare Providers


Provider’s Role: Importance of Vaccine Administration and Vaccine Storage & Handling


Safety Information about Specific Vaccines

National Council on Aging: Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs

Falls Risk Checklist

Mindfulness in Fall Prevention

Farewell to Falls

Common Vaccine Safety Concerns

The updated “Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes” is now available on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Integrated Surveyor Training website. This training focuses on person-centered care for residents with dementia and resident-abuse prevention. Click on the following links to access the self-paced online training or downloadable materials for an instructor-led course.

CMS Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes Online

CMS Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes to Download

2019 Wound Care Conference Guide Winter-Spring

2019 Wound Care Certifications Guide

2019 Wound Care Organizations Guide

The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) is an independent not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the prevention and management of pressure injuries. Formed in 1986, the NPIAP Board of Directors is composed of leading experts from different health care disciplines— all of whom share a commitment to the prevention and management of pressure injuries. With our focus on pressure injury prevention and management, the NPIAP serves as a unique resource to health care professionals, the government, public, and health care agencies. The NPIAP welcomes and encourages the participation of those interested in pressure injury issues through utilization of NPIAP educational materials, participation at national conferences, and support of efforts in public policy, education and research.


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