Nursing Home Employees Admit Understaffing Often Puts Patient At Risk

Nursing home workers at several facilities in one city picketed this week.  The staff who are part of a union are seeking a new contract which would contain a pay raise and additional staff on each shift, according to union representatives.

One certified nursing assistant said when employees are unable to fill their shifts, replacements are not called in and the burden of providing care to more patients is placed on the remaining workers. She went on to say that the management of the nursing home where she works makes no effort to find people to fill in even if two of the five morning shift employees call in sick. The employees hope that the picket will result in better care for the patients the serve. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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