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2017 Conference Schedule

October 2-4 / Orlando, FL

Early Recognition of Nursing Home Acquired Pneumonia, Is It Possible?


October 4


1:00 PM - 1:50 PM


CE Track 3

CE session

As regulations and reforms in health care are changing and broadening, nursing homes are looking for unique combination of resources and methodologies to provide cost effective quality-centered and efficient care to the elderly. This has forced health care providers across all settings to develop new models of care and care coordination. Unnecessary hospitalizations and readmissions have a significant financial impact on health care. Nursing Home Acquired Pneumonia (NHAP) is distinct from other pneumonias due to several risk factors, antibiotic resistance and comorbidities and causes significant unnecessary hospitalizations and readmissions.

Clinicians are faced with unique challenges as diagnosis of NHAP is challenging as elderly patients often do not show the classical signs such as fever, cough and pleuritic pain. Early identification of changes in the patient’s condition is essential in timely management of NHAP for better clinical outcomes and preventing unnecessary hospitalizations. The ability to reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations depends on what happens with front line staff, often the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs).

Nursing assistants are often the first to recognize these nonspecific symptoms of infections; therefore, the three tiered approach of (1) communication and involvement of the nursing assistant, (2) assessment by the nurse, and (3) follow up with the physician is important for clinical evaluation and treatment of the infections.

Utilizing a simple user friendly tool to improve the communication and decision making skills of frontline staff significant improvements can be assured in appropriate management of NHAP and reduction of unnecessary hospitalizations.


Target Audience:

This session will enable the learner to understand methods to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations due to nursing home acquired pneumonia utilizing simple user finely tool than can be incorporated in daily routines of front line staff.


Learning Objectives:

  1. The learner will be able to understand the etiology and management of nursing home acquired pneumonia.
  2. The learner will be able to utilize the user friendly simple tools for proper communication and follow up.
  3. The learner will be able to integrate best practices to improve care of elderly in a qualitative and cost efficient manner.


Continuing Education Hours:





Relias Learning, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.



There is no additional fee for this course beyond the cost paid for admission to the conference. Please send  grievances or requests for accommodations for disability to cchassagneux@reliaslearning.com. Course completion requirements: Requires remaining in the room for the duration of the instruction and all learners must sign in and out with the official session proxy. Paper certificates will be immediately awarded upon completion.


Cultural Competence Statement:

All courses offered by Essential Learning are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.


Soffy Vilson, RN, NE, LNHA
With more than 28 years of experience in nursing, her passion to nursing has brought her forward to develop both personally and professionally. Currently, she works as a Health service nurse consultant at Spring point senior living in New Jersey and had worked in both hospital systems in various settings as well as in nursing homes as a director of nursing and as a licensed nursing home administrator in long-term care facilities. Early recognition of pneumonia in nursing homes was her capstone project topic when she took her doctoral degree in nursing from Monmouth University, New Jersey. She continues to educate and work in the area of pneumonia prevention especially in elderly to ensure quality care to residents as well as for regulatory and financial compliance of reducing readmissions. Being a ANCC certified Nurse executive and a dementia certified practitioner, she is very active in various organizations and holds executive positions including president of Indian Nurses Association of New Jersey, Nomination Committee member of New Jersey State Nurses Association, member of NJACC leadership camp are the few of the many to mention.