Kimberly Marselas

The pumpkins are packed away, lights are beginning to present up on neighbors’ homes and my household calendar is rapidly filling up with Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities.

Amongst our locations later this fall: The Nationwide Christmas Tree, which has been adorned yearly by presidents and visited by thousands and thousands since 1923. That makes this yr’s tree lighting — the primary stay one since 2019, due to COVID-19 — the 99th.

Visiting The Ellipse, a comfortable little park between the White Home and The Nationwide Mall that turns right into a magical, evergreen-dotted panorama every December, looks like a seasonal ritual to me. Having grown up within the Washington, D.C., suburbs, it’s a spot I’ve come to rejoice with family and friends many instances through the years.

After all, when you’re a talented nursing supplier, there’s little likelihood you’re utilizing the phrases “Washington” and “rejoice” in the identical sentence a lot proper now.

Over the past two weeks, federal regulators have thrown their fair proportion of “presents” your manner: a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all healthcare staff, a broader vaccine mandate for massive employers, new steerage busting the doorways large open to guests, and a renewed emphasis on surveying exercise that would quickly have state survey companies’ little elves buzzing round your hallways greater than ever once more.

As we method Thanksgiving week, suppliers are, in fact, nonetheless hungering for some particulars. And, certainly, some are being hammered out. We simply realized, as an illustration, that the primary healthcare employee photographs are actually required by Dec. 6, because the rule’s unique Dec. 5 date falls on a Sunday. The Facilities for Medicare & Medicaid Providers is also promising extra readability on how states should guarantee COVID protocols are met by on-site surveyors.

In terms of different parts, although, there’s much less hope for last-minute particulars that would change actuality. Nonetheless, lots of you might be praying for some option to reduce the blow and restrict employees attrition within the face of vaccination deadlines.

That’s a vacation miracle you’ll must ship by yourself behalf. 

One of the best items you may give your group this season are time to arrange; a line-up of academic and staffing assets from associations and native or state organizations; and possibly a secondhand (however actually helpful) playbook from a supplier who’s already had success with its personal mandate.

Take a look at it this manner, there’s no extra dreading what’s within the field, no worry that you simply’re getting some dud reward dressed up within the fanciest of double-sided wrapping paper. Like that poor sucker who pulls the worst quantity in a White Elephant reward trade, what you’re coping with right here.

Let’s hope the ready was the toughest half.

Now, it’s time to verify off the to-do lists, make good with the foundations of the day and, by all means, keep off the naughty checklist.

Kimberly Marselas is senior editor of McKnight’s Lengthy-Time period Care Information.

Opinions expressed in McKnight’s Lengthy-Time period Care Information columns will not be essentially these of McKnight’s.