Falling short: 99% of Mississippi nursing homes don’t meet new staffing regs
Viometrice Simmons remembers when she first fell in love with nursing. She was about 5 years old, sitting on the porch of her childhood home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as her aunt picked corn from the garden.
When she heard her great grandmother calling for her aunt from the bedroom, Simmons strode into the room, hopped up on the hospital bed and helped to turn and change the 84-year-old the way she had seen the women in her family do many times.
Forty-seven years later, that’s still the way she operates as a certified nursing assistant in the Mississippi nursing home she serves.