Nationwide, nursing homes are faced with severe staffing shortages. It is well recognized that shortages can lead to nursing home being unable to hire enough employees to provide their patients with specialized care. Maybe even more frightening is that nursing home staffing shortages also influence the quality of employees that nursing homes hire. Shortages may unfortunately lead to a staff composed of some uncaring and irresponsible individuals.
For example, recently in Auburn, NY, a 31 year-old nurse’s aide was charged with abusing an elderly patient. Williams was a certified nurse’s aide employed at Auburn Nursing Home. On May 11 of this year, she struck an elderly female patient suffering from dementia on her face, causing a bruise near her mouth.