‘People Got Scared’: Life as a CNA in a COVID-Ravaged Nursing Home
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.
Central Park recorded an average of 3.0 hours per resident day of direct care (RN, LPN, & CNA) in the second quarter of 2020, according to LTCCC’s staffing report based on payroll-based data. A landmark 2001 study indicated that 4.10 hours total care staff HPRD is needed to ensure that residents receive critical care.