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WEBINAR: Supporting a 24-Hour Nursing Home Staffing Bill

May 12, 2015

A May 12 webinar will teach long-term care advocates how best to support a bill, sponsored by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), that would establish stronger federal staffing standards for registered nurses (RNs) in nursing homes.

Schakowsky introduced the Put a Registered Nurse in Nursing Homes Act of 2015 to the House in February. If passed, the bill would require nursing homes to staff at least one RN to be working at all times.

Currently, federal nursing home staffing standards only require an RN to be present eight hours a day.

Webinar participants will hear Schakowsky’s staff discuss the best ways to show their support for the bill.

The webinar is being sponsored by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.

Schakowsky introduced the staffing bill in the previous congressional session, but the bill was not voted on.

Last summer, Schakowsky participated in a PHI-sponsored “Come Care with Me” event, during which she shadowed Chicago home care worker Gilda Pipersburgh.

— by Matthew Ozga

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