The Pivotal Role of Nurses in Assuring Quality and Person-Directed Care (Session 1 of 4)

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Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Long-term Care Nursing Professor, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN.

Diana Sturdevant, MS, RN, GCNS-BC, Director of Nursing Services, Mitchell Manor Convalescent Home, McAlester, OK


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The Pivotal Role of Nurses in Assuring Quality and Person-Directed Care

All nursing homes have licensed nurses, but what makes their role unique and important? Are their roles to do tasks that nursing assistants usually cannot do such as administer medications and treatments? Have you ever considered the residents’ professional nursing care needs and if they were being met? This webinar series introduces you to an evidence-based framework — a nursing practice model which includes person directed care principles — that can be used to guide the organization and delivery of nursing care in long-term care settings. Using the nursing practice model as a framework, the webinar sessions will target current issues such as reduction of hospitalization and antipsychotic medications for residents living with dementia. The webinar series will conclude with how nurses and nursing assistants can best work together to provide person-centered care.

Pioneer Network partnered with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing on this webinar series. 


Session 1:
A Nursing Practice Model for Long-Term Care Settings

Learn about the key components of a nursing practice model that ensures the residents’ professional nursing care needs are identified and met in a manner that addresses individual resident direction and how you can apply the model to nursing practice in your organization.



Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, FAAN is a professor and Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing and holds the School of Nursing Long-term Care Professorship. Her research career has focused on improving the care of elders living in nursing homes and her research focuses on factors that can influence quality of nursing home care such as nurse staffing, care delivery systems, and the role of the nurse in nursing home culture change. She has provided national leadership on teaching geriatric nursing, with an emphasis on using the nursing home setting as a clinical learning laboratory for teaching geriatric nursing. She serves on the board of directors for the Pioneer Network, the national organization promoting person-directed care in nursing homes. Dr. Mueller has called attention to the role of professional nursing in nursing homes that are transforming both environmentally and through clinical and organizational practices to support person directed care. She served on the Technical Expert Panel for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid nursing home Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement initiative.

Diana Sturdevant, MS, RN, GCNS-BC, has over 30 years of experience in long term care, with 19 years as a Director of Nursing. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist certified in gerontology. Diana received her master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma College of nursing and is currently a doctoral candidate at OU College of nursing. She was a2011-2013 D. W. Reynolds pre-doctoral scholar. Diana is the immediate past-president of the Oklahoma Gerontological Nursing Association and a founding member of the Oklahoma Culture Change Network. She has also served on the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes expert panels for reducing unnecessary medications and reducing re-hospitalizations. Diana currently serves on the Oklahoma Governor’s Long term care advisory board and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s Focus on Excellence advisory committee.


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