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CNAs in Nursing Homes

Wolfe, Richard, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: March 2015 - Volume 115 - Issue 3 - p 13
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000461793.06786.0f
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Richard Wolfe, RN

Louisville, KY

I've worked in a nursing home as both a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and an RN supervisor (“The Impact of Turnover in Nursing Homes,” Journal Watch, September 2014).

In addition to my leadership responsibilities, I cared for as many as 30 patients during an average shift. Many were recently discharged from the hospital and needed intensive care. It was impossible to grow as a leader when you did not have time to lead.

Administrators need to adjust the nurse-to-patient ratio and train more CNAs. They should also use tuition reimbursement to encourage CNAs to obtain a nursing license. From these nurses will come your next generation of leaders.

Richard Wolfe, RN

Louisville, KY

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