The Pivotal Role of Nurses in Assuring Quality and Person-Directed Care (Session 3 of 4)

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

Melissa Batchelor-Aselage, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Nursing


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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 3:
Eliminating the Use of Antipsychotic Medications: It Can’t Be Done Without Professional Nurses

What do professional nurses bring to the inter professional team that is so necessary for eliminating the use of antipsychotic medications for people living with dementia? Hear about how one nursing home significantly reduced the use of antipsychotic medications and how the components of a nursing practice model helped achieve that goal.

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.

Dr. Melissa Batchelor-Aselage
is board certified as a Gerontological Registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner, and has 18 years of experience working in long-term care settings. Melissa teaches gerontological nursing in the Duke University School of Nursing’s Accelerated Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing program. Her research focus is helping older adults living with dementia in nursing homes improve their meal intake, with interest in reducing “resistive” mealtime “behaviors” and use of three different hand feeding techniques. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar (2014-2017), a National Centers for Gerontological Nursing Excellence Patricia G. Archbold Scholar (2009-2011) and Claire M. Fagin Fellow (2012-2014). Melissa maintains her clinical practice as a FNP in Duke Medicine’s Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic.


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