Where are the nurses in nursing homes?
Did you know that nursing homes are not required by federal statute to have a Registered Nurse on staff 24/7? The only federal requirement is that in Medicare or Medicaid facilities a nurse must be on duty eight hours a day. While some states require a 24 hour RN on staff, most do not.
Do a Google Search for an article published last week titled "Where are the nurses?" This is absolutely unbelievable! If only emergencies ALWAYS happened between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. And the cost of skilled nursing is very high, in my area it starts at about $8,000.00 a month. That is probably for a facility that does not have 24/7 RN.
What other regulations are in place that are not effective at caring for people, not just elderly, that are not providing the care needed.