19 Arrested at Nursing Homes in N.Y. - page 3

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  1. by   kathc
    Another LPN in the Rochester area. I work in the county nursing home and in most cases residents are well taken care of. On my unit there are a few that don't always pull their weight, most on my unit are good workers and actually care about the residents. I've tried several times to point out the problems and I am pretty well ignored or told "you can't prove it". So I guess you end up working harder and taking up the slack to make sure everyone is taken care of. That being said, as most nursing homes go, I think we are one of the better ones.
    When this story broke, one of local radio hosts hoped it "put the scare into health care workers". This really irked me since most of us don't need a "scare" to do a good job. We do a good job because we care, not because we are afraid of getting into trouble. Those that don't care, don't and I don't think you can do anything about that. They shouldn't be in the field. Wonder what goes through someone's mind or what rationale they use to leave someone in filth?
  2. by   anniev
    I WORK IN LTC I HAVE OVER 25 RESIDENTS FOR ME TO DO MEDS TX CALL DR TAKE OFF ORDERS TRANSFERES ADMISSIONS AND IV THERAPY WITH AND ALL DOCUMENTATIONS WE ARE NOT ALLOWED OVER TIME I RUN FROM THE TIME I WALK INTO THE BUILDING. I LOVE THE RESIDENTS I CANT DO IT ALL MY CHARTING SUFFERS THE MOST WE ARE HAVING MOCK SURVEY THIS WEEK AND THE OFFICE IS GETTING SLAMMED. I AM GLAD WE HAVE A CHECKS AND BALANCE WITH THE PLACE I WORK AT I WANT THE BEST FOR MY RESIDENTS AND A WAY TO GIVE IT, THEY DONT WAIT FOR STATE TO SHOW UP, THEY WANT IT DONE RIGHT. i HATE TO SEE THE AWFUL THINGS ABOUT LTC IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE LOOKED DOWN ON WHEN YOU WORK AT A NH BUT ALOT OF US, MOST REALLY LOVE THE PEOPLE WE CARE FOR.
  3. by   crane32
    I agree that there are a few bad apples out there! However, the nursing home situation is much more complicated. It is hard even for a dedicated professional to finish all the work required with the staffing levels the way they are in nursing homes. How did the attorney general know they were watching movies etc. Did the cameras catch this? There are many short cuts nurses have to take on a daily basis (I am sad to say) to complete their work. We have nurses that do not get a lunch break, often they are lucky to get 5 minutes. Is the video camera the proper way to catch staff? Was the movie a training exercise? A dedicated nurse or CNA could be caught on tape taking a small shortcut, or not finding much time for ROM. Yes, I believe the Jennifer Matthews facility employees should be punished. However, this is going to make it tougher on the rest of us who were already struggling to provide the best care we are capable of providing.
  4. by   Overland1
    Quote from ColdFusion
    I'd like to know how 19 people could be involved.
    Spread out over several shifts at a couple of different places, it is entirely possible. I have read and heard the news media accounts of the story, and will reserve judgement until more of the facts are brought forth (pardon my skepticism, but having worked in the media some time ago, I tend to be that way ).

    As for staffing ratios, we must be careful to avoid getting caught up in the hard and fast ratio numbers for staffing, and instead provide top quality care based on individual patients. I have seen 1:1 care that is substandard, and 1:6 care that is superb in every way.
  5. by   TShill
    Where is the D.O.N ..where is the administrator...this makes me so angry. Now what happens?? Where are these residents now?? :angryfire
  6. by   vickster
    Quote from luvmy2angels
    It's a shame that it would have to come to this, but if it takes putting hidden cameras in nursing homes to protect the rights of the residents I say "Bring it on!!" I wonder (and doubt) if any of the people arrested will do jail time?? They certainly should!! I would welcome cameras into my facility. It would give proof to get rid of the trash and get employees that actually care for the residents and take pride in their work!!
    Agreed.
  7. by   poolgal53
    i just left a nursing home where this same neglect from staff is ocurring...wish they would put a few cameras there. MP..R.N.
  8. by   nursemamma72
    This is so sad. I don't understand how people can treat the elderly so badly. If it would help decrease the amount of elderly abuse that goes on in nursing home, I believe these type of cameras should be installed in all nursing homes.
  9. by   worldtraveler
    This Nursing home abuse is widespread and I see a lot of it in my state(Florida). I place a lot of the blame on these Nursing Home Owners and State Politicians; they are payed plenty of money to hire a sufficient number of Nurses, aides to administer a high level of care. Instead, they scrimp on staffing and supplies, maximizing every penny for the sake of Profit-they Worship at the Altar of the Almighty Dollar . Here in Florida where I live and work, this is a VERY Political Issue. Florida Patient Care Advocates a few years ago, attempted to (via their state legislators) pass a Law requiering Minimum Nurse Staffing Levels in Florida Nursing Homes. The Florida Nursing Home Owners have a Powerful Lobby in Tallahassee(state capital) and they put the full court press on Jeb Bush our governor to kill this staffing law. Mr. Bush sided with the wealthy nursing home operators(and their lobbyists) and scrapped the Mimimum Staffing Law and the patients continue to suffer and be victimized by many Nursing Home Owners/Operators. BTW, He is the same Governor who was pressured by the Florida Association of Plastic Surgeons(and their Lobbyists 3 years ago) to permit Anesthesia Technicians here in Florida instead of Nurse Anesthestists in outpatient clinics. These Techs complete a short course(like a yr or so) and are now allowed in the Plastic Surgery Outpatient clinics to perform procedures only CRNA's used to perform prior to their creation. More $$$$ for the Plastic Surgeons and again, the Patients end up suffering. Like the Nursing Home staffing levels, another disaster waiting to happen....
  10. by   nursejill1943
    This article and arrest make me SICK. What is happening to our Profession and Accountability of Staff. We can't blame the Nursing Home, we need to look inside of ourselves and why we became a professional.
  11. by   sweetpea
    Although I have not read this article I am beginning to believe some health professionals have lost their strength. My job is a challenge everyday to maintain professionality and not get caught up in confusion. Hearing about health professionals getting into trouble is a great dissapointment to me also.
  12. by   sweetpea
    I work in a long term care facility and see alot of disorganization and coverups. When I first started there I would be so stressed trying to effect change, and do the right thing but my efforts seemed useless. Now I do the right thing to the best of my ability and hope that others on wrong path would do the same.
  13. by   mmutunga
    Thats Nursing At Is Worst.
    Matthew

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