Direct care workers are a critical yet undervalued part of the long-term care system. On this episode, Desma Reaves, a certified nursing assistant and delegate for the healthcare workers union 1199SEIU upstate New York, chats about her experiences as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in COVID-ravaged nursing home, the difficult tradeoffs faced by nursing home staff, and how the dangerous working conditions put nursing home residents in harm’s way.

Interview recorded March 25, 2021 and edited for clarity.

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Host: Eric Goldwein
Music: Liturgy of the Street by Shane Ivers –

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