Nursing homes across the country are struggling with staffing shortages, which could lead to nursing home workers being forced to take part in medical emergencies or even dying in the process.
In January, the Nursing Home Workers Union (NNWU) announced a petition on the White House website asking President Donald Trump to protect nursing home nurses.
The petition, which was launched on January 21, urged the President to “protect nursing home nursing home employees from hazardous and unsafe working conditions, including unsafe working environments, and unsafe or unsafe working practices.”
According to the NNWU, the shortage of nursing home staff has forced the nursing homes to take action, including requiring employees to wear safety gear, such as masks and safety belts.
A few nursing home unions are fighting back against the shortage.
The American Nurses Association (ANA), for example, has taken to Twitter to call on the administration to protect the safety of nursing workers in nursing home care.
“We need to make sure that nursing home patients and staff are protected from dangerous working conditions,” the association tweeted.
The National Nurses Cares Association (NNCCA), another nursing home union, has also joined the fight.
In a press release issued on Monday, the NNCCA called on the Trump administration to “take swift action to protect health and safety in nursing facilities and ensure safe working conditions for nursing home caregivers and their families.”
According the NNNCCI, a lack of nursing homes has led to nursing homes closing their doors in the midst of a nursing home crisis, including in California, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
On January 21st, a petition was launched by the NNCWU calling for the Trump Administration to protect all nursing home residents.
The nurses union claims that the demand for nursing homes is driving a wave of nursing staff suicides.
A recent report published in the journal Pediatrics showed that there are nearly 20,000 nursing home deaths every year.
On February 10th, the Trump Organization announced it had hired a team of nurses and paramedics to help address the nursing home staffing crisis.
“While we applaud the Trump team for their efforts, we are disappointed that the President has chosen to not protect our nursing home workforce,” said the NNAU.
“We remain confident that he will continue to prioritize health and welfare of our nation’s nursing homes.”