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  •  Wi. added an ugly tpublican ALEC'tort reform' bill (1+ / 0-)
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    to the mix. This severely limits the amount an injured party-or family can recover, even if negligence is proven.

    I was a CNA for years, and found that work fulfilling, but it is difficult, and extremely physically demanding. Often, you are 'working short', meaning less coverage for your unit. This saves the facility major $$. It also means not enough staff to feed, toilet, bathe and provide for a residents most basic needs, along w/keeping an eye on them-to make sure they are safe when not providing 'cares'.

    It's better for the residents if staff can try to work in the same unit, and 'know' the residents, it builds trust, if it's a long term care facility. There is a lot of minutiae that is involved, and each resident has different care needs.

    I have always empathized with the agency aides who are'bounced' from place to place, often bust their butts, making a fraction of what the agency was paid. They would know how to provide basic cares, but not knowing the details puts them at a real disadvantage. It makes things more difficult, everyone suffers, and something vital gets lost.

    -and now they are able to get away w/cutting wages. Yes we had a union back than, better working conditions helped make everyone safer.
    Now it's all about the $$ greed. Reading this shit makes me angry, and sick.

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