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Webinar Series -- Essentials of the LTC Director of Nursing Role Part 2
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 to Thursday, March 30, 2023
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Webinar Series
Essentials of the LTC Director of Nursing Role Part 2
March 29, 2023  2 – 5:15 p.m. 
March 30, 2023  2 – 5:15 p.m.

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In collaboration with  LeadingAge Iowa, LeadingAge Massachusetts is pleased to announce a virtual series that will aid in developing the Director of Nursing (DON) role in nursing homes. Elements of this series will focus on budgeting and quality assurance; survey processes and regulations; and human resources, customer service, and leadership.

Each segment of this series is designed to provide in-depth information and discussion on each topic. By making each of the segments standalone, you can better address succession planning by having individuals attend as their nurse leadership skills are identified. Additional segments in this series will be added to the events calendar in March and June (registration for these sessions will be separate).

Who Should Attend
LTC Administrators, Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing, and other nurse leaders. Appropriate for SNF providers.

LeadingAge MA Member Staff or Board Member -- $125 per individual
Nonmember -- $300 per individual

7 Nursing CEUs will be offered for this program.

What’s Included
Registration fee includes digital handout, one connection to the virtual, live-streaming event, and instructions for receiving CE credit/attendance certificate for one person. This event will NOT be recorded; therefore, a recording of this event is NOT included in the registration fee.

All handouts will be available digitally.

Split/Share Policy
Splitting or sharing a registration is not permitted. Registrations are to be used by the same person for the entire program even if the person is able to attend only part of the program or conference.

Event Agenda

March 29, 2023

2 – 3:15 p.m. 
Introduction to the Survey Process
Vicki Worth, RN, BSBA, LTC Bureau Chief, Department of Inspections and Appeals, Des Moines 

The long-term care survey process can be very time-consuming and stressful for the Director of Nursing while the surveyors are on-site. This session will provide an overview of what to expect during the on-site survey, in an effort to prepare both mentally and physically.  

  • Identify key tasks that surveyors will complete during the on-site recertification survey.  
  • Understand the process for completing the CMS-802 and CMS-672 forms.  
  • Develop strategies for effective interview skills with long-term care surveyors.  

3:30 – 5:15 p.m.
MDS Overview, Regulations & Resident Centered Care Planning
Kellie Van Ree, RN, LNHA, IP, Director of Clinical Services, LeadingAge Iowa, Urbandale  

A key component of reimbursement, quality measures, and performance indicators is the Minimum Data Set (MDS). The Director of Nursing must have a basic understanding of the MDS process for quality assurance, performance improvement, and to be available as a resource to the MDS Coordinator. 

  • Differentiate between each MDS Item Set/Section including assessment reference periods.  
  • Identify where to locate information in the RAI manual as a reference to completing the MDS.  
  • Develop resident-centered care plans based on the MDS coding.  

March 30, 2023

2 – 3:15 p.m. (a 15-minute break will be scheduled during this session)

Regulations Relevant to the Nursing Department Part 1
Kellie Van Ree, RN, LNHA, IP, Director of Clinical Services, LeadingAge Iowa, Urbandale  

This session will include strategies for maintaining compliance regarding federal regulations with focus in the nursing department.  The following sections from Appendix PP of the State Operations Manual (SOM) will be covered in-depth including regulatory language, developing strategies for strong prevention programs in accordance with interpretative guidance, and examples of non-compliance.   

  • Freedom from Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation 
  • Quality of Life 
  • Resident’s Rights 
  • Pharmacy Services 
  • Laboratory, Radiology and Other Diagnostic Services 
  • Dental Services 
  • Specialized Rehabilitative Services 

In addition, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement examples will be provided during discussion on each regulation.  

  • Review the regulations pertaining to the nursing department and resident care.  
  • Establish effective compliant programs to prevent resident harm and non-compliance.  
  • Discuss examples of non-compliance based on previous deficient practices as cited in Iowa.  
  • Develop quality assurance monitors to assure ongoing regulatory compliance.


Kellie Van Ree, RN, LNHA, IP, Director of Clinical Services, LeadingAge Iowa, Urbandale 

Kellie Van Ree started her career in long-term care as a dietary aide, working short shifts after school, later advancing to a certified nurses aide and a certified medication aide. In 2003, Kellie graduated from Kirkwood Community College, serving as an LPN, later returning to Kirkwood to complete her associates degree in applied science and successfully completed RN boards. In 2009, Kellie again returned to Bellevue University to complete her bachelors degree in long-term care administration. In addition to being a state surveyor for a short period of time, Kellie served in many positions throughout a long-term care continuum including a home health nurse, corporate consultant, director of nursing and administrator before becoming the director of clinical services with LeadingAge Iowa.  

Vicki Worth, RN, BSBA, LTC Bureau Chief, Department of Inspections and Appeals, Des Moines 
Vicki Worth started her health care career as a dietary aide in high school in 1993.  After high school, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing.  Worth worked in advertising for many years then returned to the long-term care health care industry where she worked as a CNA, LPN, RN, and DON.  Worth gained extensive experience in both management and clinical positions for skilled, intermediate, and dementia specific care units.  She joined the Department of Inspection & Appeals in 2014 as a long-term care Health Facilities Surveyor conducting recertification and complaint surveys throughout Iowa.  Worth promoted within DIA to a LTC Bureau Chief position in August 2020.  She oversees surveyors who conduct the survey activities in long-term care facilities as well as overseeing surveyor training.