Long-term care is severely understaffed

In the long-term care facility where I work, there is 1 RN for 152 residents. Each resident is allotted 2.5-3.5 hours of care per day from Personal Support Workers and Registered Practical Nurses.

RNs only get paid for 8 hours, but routinely stay past the end of their shift, working for free. I work each hour providing care to the best of my ability.

My love for humanity makes me stay until all tasks are completed, taking one to five hours of overtime. Time is less important to me than the quality of care every human has the right to receive. How many other nurses have similar stories?

I’m absolutely sure that there are a significant number of RNs who could share stories nearly identical to my own.