Resources for Nursing Home Social Workers

Nursing Home Social Workers' Listserv

This listserv provides an opportunity for nursing home social workers and social service staff to network and discuss issues related to nursing home social work. This listserv is sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Social Work, under the supervision of Associate Professor Mercedes Bern-Klug, with assistance from social work students. 

What is a Listserv?

A listserv is an electronic mailing list. It can be thought of as a collection of people's names and e-mail addresses that want to discuss a topic of common interest. The list is managed by, a person called a list owner. The list owner defines the characteristics of the list, determines who can join, and oversees the list. People have an electronic discussion by sending e-mail to the list (also called postings or messages). The listserv distributes these messages to everyone on the list, as well as storing them in an archive for future reference. When someone replies to a posting the reply will go to the list for distribution to everyone, which will generate more replies thereby starting a discussion. The postings are sent to subscribers within in a few seconds or minutes depending on the speed of e-mail servers and other factors.

  • Establish links among nursing home social workers, social service staff, and researchers interested in nursing home social work and social services.
  • Enhance and encourage communication, networking and sharing of ideas and expertise.
  • Provide online notification of relevant research, political and social policy issues.
  • Provide opportunities for feedback and collaboration around nursing home social work issues.
  • Identify areas of commonality and unmet needs of nursing home social workers and social service staff.
  • Reduce isolation of nursing home social workers and social work staff, who practice in settings where there can be a lack of opportunity for collaboration and mutual support.
  • Develop a resource list of experts for referral, teaching and advice.

To join this listserv: 

  1. Send an e-mail to
  2. In the subject line, put JOIN_NURSINGHOME_SW_LIST, along with your first and last name. 

Please NOTE   The average number of  DAILY  listserv messages is about 3-4!


If you would like to receive ONLY notices about up-coming webinars  (about 3 emails per MONTH)  make sure you put in the subject line:  "Webinars only"  

For more information, contact Mercedes Bern-Klug at   or  319  335-1265