In this case, the lightbulb is safe staffing.
Let’s say you are a CNA in a LTC facility. You are barely making ends meet. You are in pre-reqs for nursing, and have a couple of kids. You are maxing out Pell Grants and student loans. Your facility is working you to death, the staffing is horrible, the lift is broken, and you sustain a back injury catching a falling patient. You are unable to finish your nursing program. You have 14,000 in student debt, which you now have to start paying for. And you can’t work.
Let’s try this again, after staffing problems are addressed.
Let’s say you are a CNA in a LTC facility. You are barely making ends meet. You are in pre-reqs for nursing, and have a couple of kids. You are maxing out Pell Grants and student loans. Your facility is working you to death, but at least you have proper safe patient handling equipment and enough staffing. This is a long, hard road. However, you are tenacious! You graduate and become a nurse. This story ends with your chance at a living wage and your personal happily ever after, unless you screw it up on your own.
Why do healthcare organizations think that scenario 1 is EVER appropriate? Because it is all about the money. They do not care about your health. They provide the bare minimum staffing to take care of the patients, and they expect you to pick up the slack. They know how…..because people who wish to care for others will often have the kind of personality that will put up with being abused by their employer in the name of good care for the vulnerable. Yes, they are targeting and using you. And giving you a $25.00 grocery store card as a Christmas bonus. And you are probably grateful.
So, Support Staff, Nurses, Allied Health! Are you interested in making a difference in the real world that will ACTUALLY IMPACT YOUR LIFE? Or are you sitting on the sofa watching #DrOz ? Ready to go to meetups and other events in your state to work toward safe staffing, equitable pay, and decent safety equipment?
Our first project is safe staffing. I personally feel like if you do not want to be part of the solution, you should have to live with the problems.
Click this link to become part of the solution. It will not be easy. It will not be free. It will be hard, you will have to go places and participate in things. However, you will make healthcare safer for you and your patients.