Biden administration’s staffing mandate won’t help struggling nursing homes — Joann Evans
I’ve worn many hats since starting my nearly 50-year career at North Shore’s Randolph facility. I started as a licensed practical nurse and worked my way up to a registered nurse, and now I’ve been the administrator for the past 12 years or so.
I have seen just about everything. But the past few years have been particularly hard, largely due to the pandemic and the ongoing labor crisis we’re facing. But things are only expected to get worse with the Biden administration announcing that they’re going to force an arbitrary staffing mandate on us.
Access to care is on the line for our precious seniors if this mandate goes through. Our facility is the best-staffed nursing home within a 30-mile radius, but it requires expensive staffing agencies. Continuing to use them isn’t feasible in the long run. We continue to shell out additional funds to attract more workers but with limited success. We need resources if we’re expected to hire more nurses.