Gov. Bush seeks to delay staffing increases at nursing homes

  1. gov. bush seeks to delay staffing increases at nursing homes

    sun-sentinel [font=verdana,sans-serif][color=#999999]wed, 02 feb 2005 0:09 am pst
    tallahassee -- for 31 years, cloreta morgan of hollywood has worked at the same nursing home in miami, leaving her own family at dawn to spend eight-hour shifts giving intimate attention to people who, on most days, don't recall her name.
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  3. by   UM Review RN
    We need to speak up about this and insist that we get safer staffing levels.

    http://www.myflorida.com/myflorida/g...ontactGov.html
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    I e-mailed the Governor from the west coast.
    Breaking promises must not be tolerated.

    This decision will cause suffering and death.
  5. by   lee1
    In 2001, Florida legislators limited the ability of the state's 70,000 nursing home patients and their families to sue nursing homes for negligence or abuse.

    In exchange, legislators promised improvements in the quality of care, including a law that called for boosting the staffing requirement from a minimu
    m that year of 1.7 hours a day per patient to 2.9 hours a day within three years.

    So if a law was passed and the lawmakers have not been held accountable to fullfill that law then the patient and their families should start sueing for negligence when that occurs in their opinion and THAT should also be made public.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from lee1
    So if a law was passed and the lawmakers have not been held accountable to fullfill that law then the patient and their families should start sueing for negligence when that occurs in their opinion and THAT should also be made public.
    Agree. These lawmakers don't care as their care wont' suffer. They would have private care in the end of their lives, certainly. So the laws they pass would have zero to little personal effect. It will take actions like this to gain their attention. sadly, lives will suffer and be lost first. I am not a litigious person, but the options are few here.
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    2001, florida legislators limited the ability of the state's 70,000 nursing home patients and their families to sue nursing homes for negligence or abuse.

    in exchange, legislators promised improvements in the quality of care, including a law that called for boosting the staffing requirement from a minimum that year of 1.7 hours a day per patient to 2.9 hours a day within three years.

    but with the state's medicaid budget growing fast and pinching other political priorities such as education and tax cuts, legislators have balked at reaching the final staffing level.

    last year, they delayed setting the increased nursing requirements to 2.9 hours -- the federally recognized minimum level for quality care -- and left it at 2.6 hours daily per patient.
    "faliure to follow governent regulations for minimum staffing levels for quality care" certainly sounds like justification for a lawsuit if patient harm occurs.
  8. by   macspuds
    Unfortunately it seems that we, as nurses are forced to slight our country's greatest national resource. Our older population members that are in our country's nursing homes for whatever reason are not getting the care that even the state has mandated.
    If anyone is able to give even an hour of care they are very fortunate.
    The word Business has taken the word Home out of nursing homes.
    How sad is that?
    More regulations and less help for our folks.
    I realize that salary certainly enters into the equasion, but the word greed also seems to be there. It seems that some of those who manage nursing homes have ot the slightest idea of what they are asking staff to do. For the most part they are spread out like fat on a hot griddle and leave work feeling sadness at what they have not accomplished.
    I think that if Nurses where able to manage and run these facilities the salaries and care time would be more realistic.
    When I was working as a Charge Nurse at a facility I went home with a pile of paper work and took supper once that I remember.
    People forget that the families of our patients are our patients also.
    It goes on and on and only a nurse would know how unrealistic these Lay people can be.
    Enough of my prattling. I agree with you all ,but only wish thatr there was something that could be done to fix this growing problem.

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