Pioneer Networking and the Culture Change Movement

We are glad you are interested in staying up to date with the latest news and events in the culture change movement.  Check back here regularly to read blog posts from both Pioneer Network staff and other culture change and person-directed care experts.

Deepening the Capacity to Lead: Part 2

A Learning Organization by Kelly Papa, MSN, RN, Corporate Director of Learning, Masonicare University Last week, we explored the practice of appreciative inquiry as a means of deepening the capacity to lead in long term care. This week, we will… Read more

Deepening the Capacity to Lead: Part 1

Appreciative Inquiry  by Kelly Papa, MSN, RN Corporate Director of Learning, Masonicare University Long-term care is filled with many challenges, joys and daily changes.  It is vital for leaders to find time to practice leadership behaviors that support culture change,… Read more

Why Worry About Words?

Joan Devine Director of Education, Pioneer Network William Shakespeare posed the famous question, “What’s in a name?” Shakespeare believed that “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” If you called a rose a… Read more

A Fresh Look at Bathing Without a Battle

Joanne Rader, RN, MN, FAAN Rader Consulting Pioneer Network co-founder Looking for an easily accessible, free way to help staff understand the importance and benefits of person directed care and complying with the new regulations and guidelines? The Bathing Without… Read more

‘Tis the Season for Storytelling

Jay Newton-Small Cofounder, MemoryWell ‘Tis the holiday season, and while most families are trying desperately to avoid politics this year, might I suggest an alternative that can bring much more joy? As you look across your turkey at your loved… Read more

Making the Leap from Wellness to Well-being…

Laura Beck Learning & Development Guide for The Eden Alternative – PS Magazine 12/06/2016 The following article was reprinted with permission from Issue #2 of PS Magazine, page 15 ( The older I get, the more I find myself thinking about what… Read more

5 Qualities for a Great Nursing Home

U.S. News Samantha Costa The following article was reprinted with permission of U.S. News. It was originally printed in conjunction with the release of U.S. News & World Report’s new ratings of skilled nursing facilities, which goes into more depth than the… Read more

5 Tips for Team Building

Allison Duda Manager of Inspiration and Operations, DRIVE Do you struggle with recruitment and retention? Research shows that the median turnover in skilled nursing homes is about 44%, with a cost of several thousand dollars per replacement.How can you address… Read more

Culture Change… Why is it so Hard?

Joan Devine, Director of Education, Pioneer Network As we approach the 20th anniversary of the convening of the original Pioneers who came together to start this revolution to change the culture of aging, we often find ourselves asking the question,… Read more