Quote from ingelein
Until there are state or federally MANDATED nurse patient/ ratios in place, LTCs will allways be understaffed. Corporate GREED wont get any better.Human nature.
Exactly! According to regs, we are adequatly(sp?) staffed. Minimum staffing requirements are just that. Minimum. Now I can see one nurse and 1 CNA for, say 30 people, who are mostly self care.
The problem I have is when there is 1 nurse and 2-3 CNA's on a day shift (if there is a call off, they don't replace CNAs)for 39 beds on a skilled/medicare unit with alot of skilled residents, g-tubes, o2, post surgicals, etc.
When I started at this particular facility, things were different. It was all about the residents, had adequate staffing for the most part, even over staffed occasionally.
I have a feeling I won't be there very much longer. On another post about knowing when to leave, someone responded that if you are trying to think up creative excuses to call in, you might need a different job.