BHRC continuing hunt for new nursing director

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 11/30/17

The Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center Board met on Tuesday evening, with a number of issues for discussion on the table.Key issues at the meeting were challenges facing the county care …

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BHRC continuing hunt for new nursing director

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The Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center Board met on Tuesday evening, with a number of issues for discussion on the table.

Key issues at the meeting were challenges facing the county care facility from changes in federal regulations, the center's low census (or occupancy) for the past couple of months, and a search for a new director of nursing.

Scott Oliver, the facility's administrator, emphasized that he has been busy with interviews and evaluation of applicants for the position of nursing director.

"I don't want to drag my feet, but I want to work through it," Oliver said of the search process.

"We need to be certain that we find the best person to fit  our situation," Oliver said after the meeting, emphasizing by his action how important the position is to the BHRC family and its operation.

Tammy Ledford currently has the responsibilities of interim director of nursing, and is one of around a dozen applicants for the position. Oliver is working his way through the prospects.

Board members expressed confidence in Oliver for his search.

In addressing the financial report from board member Dan Gilbert, the administrator said the numbers are down, but not as critical as they might seem.

Oliver said BHRC recently hired eight LPNs, right after they got out of school. "We've since picked up a couple more, and we're just seeing the fruits of all that."

He said these hires have required a significant amount of money, indicating it was money well spent. "If you look at all that, the numbers are pretty accurate," he said.

Gilbert said the numbers are down, but better than the previous month. "We're down, but we're still brining in money," he said, of payments being received from Medicare and others.

A big contributor to the down numbers is that BHRC's census has slipped to 164. It was pointed out that there were 13 deaths last month, which significantly contributed to the lower count.

Sandra Snider, who provided the resident care report, said there are only a couple of vacancies on staff — one CNA for a night shift, and a clinical manager.

Among the more critical challenges facing the BHRC staff and administration is the interpretation of changes in federal guidelines.

Oliver explained that BHRC is a smoke-free facility, but the government's determination of a smoke-free facility can differ.

Current guidelines allow an employee to leave the building to smoke. He said the government's interpretation is that you cannot smoke on the property, not just inside the facility.

Administration must now decide if the facility's regulations will require a person to completely leave the premises to smoke. 

The no-smoking rules are not the only federal regulations which have undergone wide changes, creating challenges not only for Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation, but for care facilities across the nation, officials said.


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