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With POC testing strategy, federal government continues to respond poorly to COVID-19 in nursing homes

In the federal government’s fight against COVID-19, nursing homes have effectively been left for dead. Despite a death count that began with the February outbreak in a Kirkland, Washington, nursing home, hospitals were prioritized for personal protective equipment.  Hospital workers were publicly held out as exemplars of courage. Meanwhile, a long-marginalized nursing home caregiving workforce that on…

Have we become too accepting of high turnover?

A few years ago, when managing a big project for a long term care company, I was struck by their high turnover among nurses and nursing assistants. When I brought up my concerns to the chief HR officer, he shrugged and said, “That’s normal. People will leave for ten cents more.” At the time, we…

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