It’s your first day on the job at long-term care facility and you are met with overdue assessments, outdated policies, and a rapidly approaching survey window. This situation can be an intimidating and overwhelming place to start. When you are faced with a mountain to climb, how do you scale it?
Remind yourself of your responsibilities
An important detail to note in this scenario is that, legally, you are only liable and responsible for the nutrition care that goes on after your date of hire. You do not need to be concerned about your license being liable for any inadequate care prior to your time with the facility. Of course, you still want to get things in order and catch up on nutrition assessments to make sure your department is back in compliance.
Where to start
To get started, there are three key players within your facility that you should be collaborating with to best prioritize the efficiency and quality of patient care.
Now that you have established a relationship with these key players of your facility, it is time to get to work! Providing the best care to your patients is the main objective. Aim to address several items from each of the above contacts’ “wish list.”
It may take a couple of weeks of diligent work to get caught up but with these three people in your court, you will be set up for success. Keep in mind, you are only responsible for addressing the current care of your residents. Take each day one at a time – you can do this!
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