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www.aanac.org/blog The Care Connection by AANAC is a playground for long-term care nurses who work hard, lead by example, and inspire the kind of care that we will all want for ourselves… one day. Discover the encouragement you need to reignite your passion for care in 500 words or less; start water cooler conversations with relevant facts that relate to the work you do; or just let us be your regular dose of nursing brilliance delivered weekly.

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What Is the Correct Order for My LTC Nursing Credentials?

You just received your RAC-CT certification, and you’re ready to add those five letters to your name! But first, where should you put them? Making sense of the order of the nurse alphabet soup can sometimes be confusing, so to help clear up confusion, read this blog to learn the standard that AANAC follows.

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Top 10 Care Connection Blogs of 2018

The Care Connection Blog is written for long-term care nurses who work hard, lead by example, and inspire the kind of care that we all want for ourselves one day. Below are the top 10 blogs written in 2018 that inspired you, kept you on the right track, and explained some very important details about the nurse assessment coordinator’s job function and role.

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Social Media as a Learning Tool for NACs During Events and Trainings

Social media isn’t just for posting memes and your beautiful family pictures to share with your friends and family. It can also be a great learning tool! As a nurse assessment coordinator (NAC), you can help others in the long-term care field learn and stay up-to-date with trends and best practices by sharing information and takeaways, and asking questions on social media platforms – like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn – during events and trainings.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Your RAC-CT Certification

You just passed your final exam and you’re ready to tell the whole world that you are finally RAC-CT certified! With your certificate in hand, you may be wondering - how do you celebrate? Here are a few suggestions on how to spread the word, share your joy with others, and be RAC-CT proud!

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5 Tips for Surviving Your RAC-CT Certification

If you are considering embarking on your certification journey or are working through the process already, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you work toward earning your RAC-CT.

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Why Should I Become a Certified NAC?

If you want to thrive as a nurse assessment coordinator in today’s long-term care profession, have the respect of your employer, and provide the best care for our elders, earning your professional certification is a must. AANAC’s Resident Assessment Coordinator—Certified (RAC-CT ®) certification will fine-tune your ability to perform your job with accuracy, knowledge, and confidence.

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Why Should I Earn a Nursing Certification?

Certification programs elevate the standard of knowledge and skills required for a profession. In nursing, certifications are offered by specialty, and there are many paths to choose from. If you are considering a career in nursing, you may be wondering – why should I earn a nursing certification in addition to going to nursing school? Here are a few things to consider.

Nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) have many important qualities; however, there are a few that you should really keep in mind if you want to be successful in your job. Lead By Example, Long Term Care, The Borrowers, Assessment, Health Care, Success, Detail, Connection, Blog

5 Qualities of a Successful Nurse Assessment Coordinator

Nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) have many important qualities; however, there are a few that you should really keep in mind if you want to be successful in your job.

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2018 AANAC Annual Conference Highlights Recap

Last month, AANAC hosted its 2018 annual conference in Las Vegas. The AANAC Annual Conference is a two-and-a-half-day event full of learning, connecting with other MDS professionals, and tons of fun! If you were unable to attend or would like a chance to look back on all of the good times and important information you learned, here are some highlights.

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A Nurse’s Poem and Other Great Reads

While you are traveling to the 2018 AANAC Annual Conference this week, enjoy reading some of these fun nursing poems in honor of National Poetry Month.

Have you been wondering what the AANAC Conference is all about and why you should attend? Check out these five reasons you don't want to miss this event! Lead By Example, Long Term Care, Conference, Connection, Blog, Blogging

5 Important Reasons to Attend the AANAC Conference

Have you been wondering what the AANAC Conference is all about and why you should attend? Check out these five reasons you don't want to miss this event!

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6 Things DONs Can Do to Help Their Nurse Assessment Coordinator Thrive

Are you struggling to retain the nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) position in your facility? Here are six things you can do today to address the issues NACs are facing, improve your NAC retention rates, and gain happier employees.

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Top 10 Care Connection Blogs of 2017

The Care Connection Blog is written for long-term care nurses who work hard, lead by example, and inspire the kind of care that we all want for ourselves one day. Here are the top 10 blogs written in 2017 that inspired you, kept you on the right track, and explained some very important parts about the MDS and long-term care.

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How Long-Term Care Became My Passion

Are you exploring your nursing career path? Read this blog for a few essential questions to ask before you choose your specialty, and also be sure to watch the video by AANAC’s curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, on why she chose long-term care as her career over all other paths.

Today on the Care Connection Blog, hear from AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP, about her career journey and how she came to love long-term care. Lead By Example, Long Term Care, Curriculum, Work Hard, Connection, Ms, Career, Journey, Belt

How I Came to Love Long-Term Care

Career paths are not always straightforward, but sometimes they lead us exactly to where we need to be. Hear from AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP, about her career journey and how she came to love long-term care.

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The Importance of Resident Interviews for Quality Care

If you are considering a career in the MDS, one thing you need to know is how important the resident interview process is in assessing someone’s care. Hear from AANAC curriculum development specialist, Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP, as she talks about the MDS interview process, how personal it can get, and how it helps long-term care nurses determine how to provide the best care for each resident.

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