Nursing homes are having trouble paying staff, but it’s not enough to make up for a $1,300 annual salary that some say is too high.
The New York State Nurses Association says that for some nurses, the average salary is higher than what they need to live on and pay bills.
We have to look at what we can do to help pay the bills,” said Karen O’Brien, executive director of the New York Nurses Union.
The average salary for nurse practitioners is $72,400, according to the state’s Department of Health.
The state has to reimburse for some of that, and nurses are paying the bills.
They are getting the bulk of the money they need, but the unions say the pay is not sufficient to make ends meet.
A new state law requires nursing homes to give employees a one-time payment of $300, or 20% of the average wage.
That money helps pay for rent, gas, meals and utilities, and to cover other expenses, such as the cost of living.
The paychecks of nurses, who work in nursing homes, have not been adjusted to reflect inflation.
But many nurses say they are getting too much money for what they can’t afford.
For example, in February, the state added $5,000 to the annual nurse practitioner salary for a nurse practitioner who has worked for six months.
The new pay bump is expected to be in effect July 1.
For some nurses who work at nursing homes for a minimum of six months, the increase is too much, said nurse practitioner Susan Ewing, who earns $100,000.
The salary has been growing at a much faster rate than the paychecks.
The union’s recent study found that nurse practitioners are paid about $3,000 more than other professions, including pharmacists, teachers, salespersons and schoolteachers.
O’Briens office is in the area of the town of Ozone Park, a few miles from a nursing home.
And then there is the rent. “
The only way you can pay the rent, rent and utilities is to pay $300.
And then there is the rent.
It’s like a credit card, I can’t really pay that.”
She said the amount she makes each month goes toward food, utilities and bills, not the wages.
But, O`Brien said, she does not have the money to cover the rent or the bills and is struggling to pay bills for her two children.
“I am in a very precarious position,” she said.
Some of the nurses’ union members said they are not getting enough pay from the state.
Ola Coughlin, who works at the nursing home, said the pay has not been increased.
“Our pay is still low, and we have to raise the wages in order to make sure we are doing what we need to do to keep our homes running,” she told ABC News.
O-Visions nursing home in Westchester County, New York, is in a district that has the highest percentage of nursing home residents in nursing home care.
According to the most recent census data, 3.4% of nursing homes in the state are located in districts with a high percentage of residents in the nursing profession.
OLA Coughlyn said she does receive a small stipend for her job, but her family does not qualify for the Medicaid-funded subsidies, because the nursing homes pay them less than the state does.
The Coughlins do not qualify because they do not have a home.
“We need to keep ourselves in this position where we have nowhere else to go,” said Ola.
“If you live at home, you can’t qualify for any of these subsidies.”
The nursing home that she works at, Ozone Medical Center, has an average income of $95,000 and about $4,000 in supplemental benefits, according the nursing union.
A $2,500 bonus for getting a high-paying job, or a bonus that is guaranteed to be paid, is the main reason some nurses are leaving the profession, said Dr. Amy Rabinowitz, an assistant professor of nursing at SUNY Downstate Medical School in New York City.
“They are going back to the nursing job,” she explained.
The number of nursing residents in New England has more than doubled since 2010, according data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
While the number of registered nursing homes has risen, so has the percentage of households with children.
According the U.S. Census Bureau, there were about 10.6 million registered nursing home households in 2014, compared with about 9.2 million in 1990.
The nursing population grew by about 4.3 million, according U.C.L.A. figures.