Skip to comments.How Ohio became the No. 1 state for nursing home assistant shortages
Posted on 09/28/2021 4:06:32 PM PDT by CheshireTheCat
Ohio nursing homes reported more shortages of nursing assistants than any other state during the pandemic, highlighting a problem that has been festering for decades.
An Eye on Ohio and Investigative Reporting Workshop analysis of weekly reported data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that Ohio reported the the highest number of shortages in the country for State Tested Nursing Assistants (STNA) in 2020 and through the first half of 2021, leaving critical care positions open and shifting work to other positions suffering shortages of their own.
Ohio has the third highest number of nursing homes behind Texas and California, and tallied STNA shortages in 26% of reports to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS). That makes Ohio the 14th worst nationwide for the percentage of nursing homes reporting too few STNAs that same year.
“We just have probably the worst shortage that we've had at least in my 35 years of doing this,” said Robert Applebaum, director of the Ohio Long-Term Care Research Project at Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center. “The industry was in trouble before COVID, and COVID has pretty much put those problems on steroids at this point.”
The continuing shortage of nursing assistants, registered nurses and other staff in nursing homes has become a national issue. A June survey from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, which represents more than 14,000 U.S. nursing homes and long term care facilities, found that 94% of nursing homes reported a shortage of staff in the last month. Almost three-quarters of nursing homes said their workforce situation had worsened since 2020...
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People in Ohio don’t take and keep these jobs because the pay is crap. They can go to Walmart, have easier work, better hours and better pay.
That is a big part of the problem. NHs have high turnover rates, always have help wanted signs out front.
I was a nursing assistant while going through nursing school years ago. I was assigned to a hospital that had an SNF ( nursing home patients) floor.. One of my patients had a stroke, was paralyzed on one side and was about 300 plus pounds. Somehow, I was supposed to put her in a Hoyer lift and place her in a chair. I could not turn her myself, and she could not help me. Everyone I asked to help me refused, including the head nurse. I had no choice but to leave her in bed, and I could not even turn her side to side, she was so slippery and would just flop back.
I felt so bad, I refused to work that hospital again.
I can just imagine it is much worse now, A nursing assistant can make more money doing almost anything else. It is a horrible job.
This worries me greatly, as I am due for back surgery soon and will be in “rehab”, (i.e. nursing home) for at least a week after.
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How Ohio became the No. 1 state for nursing home assistant shortages
Eye on Ohio ^ | September 16, 2021 | Savannah Strott
Posted on 9/28/2021, 7:06:32 PM by CheshireTheCat
This is going to be a mad mad mad mad race to the bottom as the vaxx mandates kick in state by state.
First the anti-vaxxers will flee, then other employees will start bailing from the heavy workload, and this will continue to snowball...
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I work in one and you are spot on. Rarely does a new hire last more than two to three month due to attendance problems or work load.
No. Every place is going to require the same vaxx thing. It's better to stay with the devil you know.
The “bailing” may include early retirement when feasible, changing careers if possible, etc.
Overworked and underpaid humans can get very creative.
My brother works in a hospital in Ohio and said exactly that. His hospital lost 8 nurses just last week. One went to work in a bank as it had better hours and less BS.
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