Called a Hero - page 2

February 28, 2003 New York Region The New York Times Called a Hero in a Fire, a Nurse Demurs By ALAN FEUER HARTFORD, CT - Feb. 27-The alarm at the Greenwood Health Center sounded... Read More

  1. by   oramar
    It appears they have about a 14 to one staff to nurse ratio in that nursing home on nights. You might think that is bad but it is not. Most places I have workedhad 20 to 1 on nights. If the lastas been staffed like most of them were staffed it would have been even worse. I already made a post about that supervisor. She really is a hero because a lot of people would not have lead so well under same circumstances. Good chance her actions inspired other staff to respond in heroic manner. They are hero's also.
  2. by   RN2B2005
    It appears they have about a 14 to one staff to nurse ratio in that nursing home on nights.
    The above should read: The warm body atient ratio was 1:14; the actual nurse atient ratio was 1:48. There were only 3 RN's on staff that night, including the nurse supervisor. The remaining eight (or nine, depending on which news article you're reading) staff members were CNA's, not RN's.

    The sad part of this whole story is that the company that owns the nursing home will probably try to pin some of the blame for the fire on Ms. Schumaker, since she was the nurse supervisor on duty.
  3. by   Chiaramonte
    It seems a tragedy that such an incident has to occur for the politicals to finally listen and wake-up...
    If anyone hears a follow-up on this story ;especially if Ms. Schumaker gets "blamed", please let us know.
  4. by   -jt
    <It appears they have about a 14 to one staff to nurse ratio in that nursing home on nights.>

    No, it was a much worse ratio than that. There were about 12 employees there but only 3 of them were RNs - with 148 pts between them. In a blazing inferno, with just moments to act, there were only 12 people to move out 148 frail, infirm residents - some of whom were unconscious or totally dependent. The kicker is that this did meet the state's staffing requirement. When healthcare workers went on strike in that state over unsafe staffing in nursing homes last year, the only response from the state was to pass a law allowing the nursing homes to use taxpayer medicaid money to pay for scab agencies & strikebusting. If they had paid attention to the issue back then, the states staffing requirement would have been improved long ago & there might have been enough staff there that night to get the rest of those people out. Unfortunately, it is taking a tragedy like this for the state to suddenly understand that this kind of ratio is not safe. I wonder if the state can be sued for negligence now since nurses & healthcare workers have been informing it all this time that its staffing requirments were dangerous but it did nothing about it.
    Last edit by -jt on Mar 2, '03

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