LeadingAge Webinar Series – Essentials of the LTC Director of Nursing Role

January 18-19, 2023: Essentials of the LTC Director of Nursing Role

LeadingAge Missouri is pleased to offer a joint education with LeadingAge Iowa in 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.

This is meant to be an ongoing education series and each segment of this series is designed to provide in-depth information and discussion on each topic without taking the series in a sequential order or taking all three sections of the series. By making each of the three segments standalone, you can better address succession planning by having individuals attend as their nurse leadership skills are identified. Additional sections in this series will be added to the events calendar in March and June.

VOYCE’s Upcoming Education Events

February 14, 2023: Choosing a Nursing Home
Location: St. Louis County Library Rock Road Branch

February 14, 2023: During Long-Term Care
Location: YMCA at 1900 Urban Drive, Brentwood

February 28, 2023: Choosing a Nursing Home
Location: St. Louis County Library Thornhill Branch

March 14, 2023: Understanding Nursing Home Residents’ Rights
Location: St. Louis County Library Daniel Boone Branch

March 16, 2023: The Who’s Who of Long-Term Care

March 23, 2023: After Long-Term Care
Location: YMCA at 1900 Urban Drive, Brentwood

March 28, 2023: Understanding Nursing Home Residents’ Rights
Location: St. Louis County Library Florissant Valley Branch

LeadingAge Management Strategies for Workers Compensation in Today’s Long Term Care Environment

February 15, 2023: Day 1 Registration
February 16, 2023: Day 2 Registration

June 7, 2023: Day 1 Registration
June 8, 2023: Day 2 Registration

August 9, 2023: Day 1 Registration
August 10, 2023: Day 2 Registration

October 11, 2023: Day 1 Registration
October 12, 2023: Day 2 Registration

Learn the elements of Total Safety Management, a comprehensive behavior-based safety program, to reduce employee injury and minimize workers compensation expense. Learn about claims management and the HCFM workers compensation insurance trust.


Click on the Zoom link above for both days of the desired session to register.

Financial Planning Webinar for Older Missourians

January 24, 2023: Financial Planning Webinar for Older Adults

Financial planning is for everyone. This includes taking the steps necessary to ensure that your desires regarding the future of your personal care, medical care, property, and resources are accurately recorded for your loved ones to follow.

Latasha Barnes with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri will discuss how you can use simple estate planning tools to plan for the future.

Health Education Unit Updates

The DHSS Health Education Unit is conducting Weekly Instructor Info Webinars/Q&A Meet-Ups. These sessions will be held same day and time each week – every Tuesday at 2:00 pm.

Please see the link to join these weekly meetings provided on our CNA Registry webpage (in the announcements towards the bottom of the homepage).

If you have questions, please call our office at 573-526-5686.

Infection Control and Assessment and Response (ICAR)

QIPMO has formed an Infection Control and Assessment and Response (ICAR) team with a primary goal to assist Missouri Long-Term Care Facilities navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious diseases.

Members of the ICAR Team are available for voluntary, no cost visits (virtual and/or in-person) to any residential care, assisted living, and skilled nursing facility in Missouri. These visits are intended to consultative and collaborative in nature with a non-regulatory focus to evaluate inflection control practices. Visits will consist of:

  • completion of a standardized assessment of infection control processes, focusing on highly-transmittable infectious diseases
  • observations of infection control practices
  • preliminary feedback with supplemental educational resources

See flyer for full details.

Health Education Unit – CNA Testing Results

The Health Education Unit would like to share pass/fail results of CNA tests taken over the last three months. The CNA test consists of two parts, the Knowledge Test and Skills Test. Also included below are the most missed skills and vocabulary words.

Knowledge Test
September – 151 passed/101 failed
October – 186 passed/116 failed
November – 186 passed/96 failed

Skills Test
September – 187 passed/37 failed
October – 186 passed/22 failed
November – 186 passed/32 failed

Most missed skills: taking blood pressure, pulse and respirations
Most missed vocabulary words: diet and ischemia

** Please remember to use the Headmaster Student Handbook for preparation of the knowledge and skills exam. The handbook contains information such as the ID requirements, examples of test questions, audio and virtual options for the knowledge test, testing policies, vocabulary words and test results. The handbook on Headmaster’s website can be found at D&S – Missouri Nurse Aide (hdmaster.com).

FREE Training on Mental Health First Aide

In-person Adult MHFA Courses:
December 3, 2022 | 9:30a – 5:30p | Doniphan – Register Here
December 7, 2022 | 9:00a – 5:00p | St. Joseph, MO – Register Here
December 12, 2022 | 9:30a – 5:30p | Cape Girardeau – Register Here

In-person Youth MHFA Courses:
December 6, 2022 | 10:00a – 4:30p | Cape Girardeau – Register Here
December 7, 2022 | 8:30a – 3:30p | St. Louis – Register Here

Virtual Adult MHFA Courses:
December 9, 2022 | 8:30a – 3:30p | Virtual – Register Here
December 15, 2022 | 8:30a – 3:30p | Virtual – Register Here

Free trainings sponsored by Missouri’s Department of Mental Health and other sponsors. They are only available to individuals who live or work in Missouri. To find additional courses click here.

MALA Train the Trainer

January 4, 2023: 2023 Train the Trainer
March 1, 2023: 2023 Train the Trainer
May 10, 2023: 2023 Train the Trainer
July 12, 2023: 2023 Train the Trainer
September 6, 2023: 2023 Train the Trainer
November 1, 2023: 2023 Train the Trainer

Participants must receive approval in order to attend this workshop. Those wishing to attend must submit the application and all other necessary paperwork to MALA at least two weeks prior to the workshop date.


2023 MANHA Winterfest

February 1-3, 2023: Navigating the Storm

Missouri Association of Nursing Home Administrators is pleased to invite you to attend our Winterfest Convention and Trade Show. The goal of this conference is to provide long-term care administrators and their staff practical and inspirational education hours along with the opportunity to network and socialize with colleagues. It is also the only MANHA sponsored conference that provides you a chance to view the latest technology, products, and services offered by suppliers.

New QIPMO Newsletter – November 2022

The Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) has published MDS Tips and Clinical Pearls (Volume 10, Issue 1).

In this issue:

  • Punching Out Parkinson’s and Other “Therapies”
  • Will the Flu Strike You?
  • Remember Your Why
  • Employee Engagement
  • ICAR Corner

Please visit QIPMO’s website here for this and other previous newsletters.

Nursing Home Administrator License Renewals for 2023 and forward

Administrators due to renew in 2023 and forward are required to complete all required continuing education (CE) clock hours in-seat or can complete a maximum of half of the total required hours through online continuing education programs (web-based, teleconference, self-study and webinar).

Refer to the “License Renewal Checklist” on the website https://health.mo.gov/information/boards/bnha/.

Please contact the Board of Nursing Home Administrators with any questions or concerns at BNHA@health.mo.gov.

COMRU Updates

Applications Being Deleted

Please ensure all processed online applications and Level 2 screenings have been printed/saved for your records. Facilities (SNFs) will need to have copies of these documents prior to them being deleted.

Processed applications will be deleted from the COMRU online system 60 days after completion.

Additionally, effective November 4, 2022, if a correction has not been resubmitted back to COMRU within 60 days of notification, the online application will be deleted.

COMRU Webinar Training

There will be a webinar/Q&A session regarding the online process on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.

Join from the meeting link

Join by meeting number
Meeting number (access code): 2474 027 7616
Meeting password: W4mbfuJ2Hk5

Join by phone
1-650-479-3207 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
+1-312-535-8110 United States Toll (Chicago)

VOYCE’S Upcoming Community Education

November 8, 2022: Protecting Seniors from Financial Abuse and Fraud
Presenter: Lauree Peterson-Sakai, VOYCE Board Chair

Financial fraud is the fastest-growing form of elder abuse. Broadly defined, financial elder abuse is when someone illegally or improperly uses a vulnerable senior’s money or other property. Financial scams targeting seniors are prevalent and costly. The FBI estimates that seniors lose more than $3 billion each year to fraudsters. Scammers go after seniors because they believe older adults have a significant amount of money in their accounts. Unfortunately, seniors are susceptible to financial fraud due to higher levels of trust in those appearing to be official representatives of legitimate organizations and due to the ever increasingly complex methods fraudsters use to appear legitimate.


December 13, 2022: Signs of Abuse – How to Identify the Signs of Abuse and Protect Your Loved One
Presenter: Robin Pendelton, Training Technician, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Abuse can happen to any older person. Knowing how to identify the different types of abuse, how to recognize the signs, and where to get help is vital. Abuse can happen to any older person, by a loved one, a hired caregiver, or a stranger. Abuse can happen at home, at a relative’s home, or in an eldercare facility. There are many different types of abuse including physical, emotional, sexual, abandonment, financial, and neglect.

Free CE Webinar – Enhanced Barrier Precautions in Nursing Homes

November 15, 2022: Implementation and Use of Enhanced Barrier Precautions in Nursing Homes
Presenters: Abimbola (Bola) Ogundimu, DrPH, RN, CIC, CPHQ; Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC; Heather Jones, DNP, NP-C; Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC; and Linda Behan BSN, RN, CIC; Consultant; Long Term Care Infection Prevention, LLC
Moderator: Kara Jacobs Slifka, MD, MPH; Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC

You are invited to a webinar discussing Enhanced Barrier Precautions in nursing homes. Enhanced Barrier Precautions protect nursing home residents and staff from germs that can cause serious infections and are hard to treat.

Join for a detailed review and discussion about this CDC infection prevention and control recommendation. In addition, hear directly from a long-term care Infection Preventionist about her successes and challenges implementing Enhanced Barrier Precautions in several nursing homes. Presentations will be followed by a conversation with the experts about frequently asked questions from the field.

MC5 Meetings

West Central MC5 Region

November 2, 2022: Are We Making Progress or Spinning Our Wheels?
Presenter: Carol Scott, BS, Former MO Ombudsman, Trainer

This presentation will take a look at the past and discuss what the future can hold. Culture change doesn’t have an end date. It’s a continuous road that organizations must commit to on a daily basis.


Farmington MC Region

November 4, 2022: Psychiatry and Culture Change
Presenter: Gabe Crawford, NP

This program will give attendees the opportunity to learn new approaches to psychiatry related to culture change. Attendees will learn alternate treatments for dementia residents and will learn how to decrease the use of psychotropics.

Show-Me ECHO

Show-Me ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) uses videoconferencing to connect interdisciplinary teams of experts with clinicians and other healthcare professionals. Together participants and teams collaborate in interactive, individualized, case-based learning environments to develop skills and discuss best practices. Some ECHOs meet every week, some twice a month, and some have a completely different timeline. We know how challenging it can be to commit time away from your other responsibilities, but by building and supporting a strong community of learners, the ECHO model improves care access, quality, and efficiency. Show-Me ECHO learning sessions offer free continuing education and are provided at no cost to participating sites and individuals. Check out the ECHO schedule to see when you can attend the next session!

PAC/LTC: Post-Acute & Long-Term Care
2nd & 4th Thursdays: 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Topics or Learning and Discussion:

  • Post-Vaccination Practices: Including Visitation Policies and PPE practices
  • Ongoing COVID-19 Identification and Treatment: Plans for Recognizing Patients with COVID, Post-COVID Syndromes, Testing, Treatment and Cohorting
  • Emotional and Organizational Support for Staff
  • Vaccinations: Vaccine Confidence, Testing, Logistics, Ongoing Compliance and Complications
  • Addressing and Supporting Needs of Residents, Families or Care Partners: Isolation and Family Communication
  • Stopping the Spread (Infection Control): Building Sustainable Infection Control Practices
  • Leadership Communication for COVID-19: Huddles, Rounding, Etc.
  • Leadership Behaviors to Support Teams During COVID-19: Teamwork, Roles and Psychological Safety

VOYCE’S Upcoming Community Education

October 11, 2022: Residents’ Rights and the Intersection of State Policy
Presenters: Chien Y. Hung, MSW, MA-G, RYT, Program Director, VOYCE; and Nicole Lynch, Policy and Advocacy Director, VOYCE

October is Residents’ Rights Month, an annual initiative highlighting the legally enshrined rights of long-term care residents throughout the United States. Residents’ Rights Month is an annual event designated by the Consumer Voice and is celebrated to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities and consumers receiving services in their home or community. It is a time for celebration and recognition, offering an opportunity for every facility to focus on and celebrate awareness of dignity, respect, and the value of each resident. Residents’ Rights are guaranteed by the federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law.

In this presentation, we will explore Residents’ Rights and examine some of the state laws VOYCE has successfully advocated for, including the Essential Caregivers Program Act and the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act.

The Green House Team and Pioneer Network – FREE Fall Webinars

September 27, 2022: Person-Directed Leadership: Creating a Coaching Culture
October 4, 2022: Invest in Your Workforce for 2023
October 11, 2022: Communicating for Policy Success

Join Amanda Loomis of SWBR for a dynamic exploration of the ways that design can promote vitality and wellbeing for elders – and how small touches can go a long way toward revitalizing a nursing home, assisted living community, or other eldercare setting.

2022 MOADD Summit

November 9, 2022: Missouri Alliance for the Dually Diagnosed (MOADD) Summit
Location: Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia

MOADD (Missouri Alliance for Dual Diagnosis) established in 2018, is a collaborative effort between Department of Mental Health (DMH) staff and DMH providers with interest in developing expertise in supporting individuals with dual intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and behavioral health diagnosis.

MOADD provides resources to assist providers to:

  • Be current in best practices
  • Develop an integrated system to make agencies more aware of resources for behavioral health and DD available through Regional Professional Learning Communities.
  • Provider better outcomes for individuals

MALA’s 2022 ALF Community Based Assessment Training

November 29-December 1, 2022: 2022 ALF Community Based Assessment Training

As required by 198.005 RSMo and 19 CSR 30‐86.047, residents of Assisted Living Facilities are required to undergo a community-based assessment performed by an appropriately trained and qualified individual. This individual must complete a DHSS approved 24‐ hour training program prior to performing resident assessments. The MALA ALF Assessment Training satisfies this regulatory requirement.

Nursing Home Staffing Study Blog and Stakeholder Listening Session

CMS published a blog describing the multi-faceted approach the agency is taking to determine a minimum staffing level for nursing homes in order to ensure safe and quality care.

Also included in the blog is a registration link for an upcoming Stakeholder Listening Session that CMS is conducting for the public, scheduled for Monday, August 29, at 12:00-1:30 pm (central).

Online Course for CNA Instructor Required 4-Hour Update

MANHA and MHCA provided in-seat update training in 6 locations earlier this year. We are now offering the update training online. To access you can go to www.staffdevelopmentsolutions.com click on Course Groups. You will find the “CNA Instructor 4 Hour required update” under Train the Trainer course group. Once you complete you will NOT need to do anything else if course is 100% complete. August 30th we will report all RNs who have completed the training to DHSS, Health Education Unit and you will be updated on the registry.

The objectives of this course will meet the elements of the required training to include:

  1. Instruction on how to complete form DHSS-DRL-111 (08-20), Classroom and On-the-Job Training Record;
  2. Instruction on the fundamentals of adult learning;
  3. Instruction in at least one (1) area regarding standards of practice in long term care such as pressure ulcer prevention, dining practices, or resident rights issues;
  4. Instruction on providing care for cognitively impaired residents;
  5. Review of the Nursing Assistant Training Program regulations contained in 19 CSR 30-84.010; and
  6. Review of the administration and resident care requirements contained in 19 CSR 30-85.042.

Any instructor who has not completed the required four (4) hour update training by August 30, 2022, and every five (5) years thereafter shall be removed from the department-approved list of instructors. If removed from the department’s list, the instructor shall attend and successfully complete the Nursing Assistant Instructor Workshop in order to be reinstated to act as an instructor.

CNA Instructor 4-Hour Update Training Requirement – Due 8/31/22

As of 12/30/21, the new CNA regulations require the CNA instructor to take a four-hour update training every five years. Please see below the regulatory language:

19CSR-84.010 (15)(C)

Any instructor who has not completed the required four (4) hour update training by August 31, 2022, and every five (5) years thereafter shall be removed from the department-approved list of instructors. If removed from the department’s list, the instructor shall attend and successfully complete the Nursing Assistant Instructor Workshop in order to be reinstated to act as an instructor

All current instructors who have not taken the instructor 4 hour update training by August 31, 2022, will be removed as a CNA Instructor from the registry.

*The four hour update training is still required to be completed by August 31, 2022 even if you have recently taken the Train the Trainer course (unless the four hour update training was included) to become a CNA instructor.

If you have any questions, please contact the Health Education Unit at CNARegistry@health.mo.gov or call us at 573-526-5686.