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Funds sought for R.I. CNAs.



Rhode Island's Lt. Gov. Charles Fogarty, who chairs the state's Long Term Care Coordinating Council, is urging the state to allocate $7 million over the next six months to increase pay and benefits for nursing home CNAs.

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 Fogarty, the state's CNA (Certified NetWare Administrator) See Novell certification.  vacancy rate is now approaching 20 percent, and the annual turnover rate is near 80 percent. He adds that his office, as well as the health department, has begun receiving complaints regarding quality-of-care problems in Rhode Island Rhode Island, island, United States
Rhode Island, island, 15 mi (24 km) long and 5 mi (8 km) wide, S R.I., at the entrance to Narragansett Bay. It is the largest island in the state, with steep cliffs and excellent beaches.
 nursing homes.

"We've got to make salaries more competitive," says Fogarty. Secondly, we need to look at the whole issue of CNAs and how to enhance that profession, so that people can look at that not as a dead-end job, but as a chance to really serve people in an important capacity."

According to Roberta Hawkins, Rhode Island's long term care ombudsman and executive director of the Alliance for Better Long-Term Care long-term care (LTC),
n the provision of medical, social, and personal care services on a recurring or continuing basis to persons with chronic physical or mental disorders.
, Warwick, R.I., the average hourly rate for a CNA working in one of Rhode Island's 105 skilled nursing facilities skilled nursing facility
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An establishment that houses chronically ill, usually elderly patients, and provides long-term nursing care, rehabilitation, and other services.
 is about $7.68. With federal matching, the proposed state financing could boost the rate to $11 per hour.

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 has recognized that this is a serious issue, and that we need to bring people back into this industry," says Hawkins. "Seven dollars and change an hour is just not going to do that. We also need to look at retirement benefits and creating a career ladder." Hawkins notes that CNAs who work with dementia residents and perform other specialized care require additional training and should receive higher pay in accordance with increased skills.
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Author:BILYEU, SUZANNE
Publication:Contemporary Long Term Care
Date:Apr 1, 2001
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