Improving Nursing Staff Knowledge and Skills to Identify Changes in Resident Status

The goal of the project is to strengthen the ability of nursing home staff to assess residents, and to improve systems for reporting status changes. If nursing home staff detect and report changes in the health status of residents, they can potentially prevent the development of serious health problems, including those requiring hospitalization. 

For this project, nurse consultants are providing training and consultation to a group of 10-15 nursing homes in Maryland. Project activities include:

  • Orientation meetings
  •  A gathering of baseline data measuring how status information is gathered and communicated,
  • Training that addresses gaps and problem areas in assessment, and
  • On-going technical assistance.

NOW AVAILABLE!  The Nursing Assessment Toolkit  provides resources for training direct care staff on how to effectively assess residents for health status, and what changes to look for in an older adult population.  This toolkit is available for download by any interested facility to use for staff training purpos


If you are interested in the Nursing Assessment Toolkit, you may also like:  

The “Enhancing Nursing Staff Assessment Skills to Meet Today’s Clinical Demands” educational seminar, taught by the author of the Nursing Assessment Toolkit.  Two July dates and locations available – visit the Beacon Institute event calendar for more information.



For more information on grant projects, contact  Lesley Flaim, Program & Marketing Manager, lflaim(at)