Tampa Bay Times – Letter to the Editor: Restore staffing levels

January 18, 2012

As a nursing home caregiver, I was deeply saddened when I learned of this heartbreaking death, which could have been prevented. This was a tragic end to the life of an elderly woman whose care was in the hands of others. These are the types of accidents that can take place when patient loads are too high and caregivers are pulled in too many directions at once.

Last year, staffing levels were cut and, as a result, the health and safety of nursing home residents are at risk. We must restore staffing levels. Our elders deserve to be protected from harm and to live their lives out with dignity.

Jean Berg, CNA, Hudson

Original Letter Available Here:

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/letters/wednesdays-letters-pip-bill-increases-stress-on-emergency-rooms/1211015

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