Staff account for nearly two-thirds of all employees in nursing homes. This is because federal law requires that nursing homes possess adequate nursing staff to provide proper care for residents.
Nursing homes employ three categories of nurses. Each serves a particular purpose and has certain qualifications.
The first category are Registered Nurses (“RN”) who must possess degrees from an accredited nursing school. In fact, each RN is required to pass a state examination in the state where he or she practices. These nurses are highly trained and responsible for diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of resident care. RNs typically supervise and delegate tasks to LPNs and LVNs.
The second are Licensed Practical Nurses (“LPN”) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (“LVN”) who are required to complete only 12 to 18 months of education and pass an examination. LPNs and LVNs usually work under RNs and provide the bedside care residents require including providing medication, inserting catheters, and giving injections.
The final category are Nursing Aides who provide nursing services, but are not a licensed healthcare professional. Aides typically only undergo a training program or competency evaluation. Upon completion of training and an evaluation these individuals are often referred to as certified nursing aides (CNA).
If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home, we encourage you to contact our Kansas City nursing home abuse law firm. Nursing homes owe a duty to their residents to provide quality care and fulfill essential needs. When a facility fails to fulfill this obligation, your family deserves to recover its damages.
Nursing home negligence claims involve many complex legal and medical issues. Having the right attorney is essential to recovering what you deserve. Our Kansas City nursing home abuse law firm will do everything possible to assist you in obtaining the maximum compensation you deserve. More importantly, our Kansas City nursing home abuse law firm will serve as an ally that will give you and your family the respect and compassion it needs. Contact us to see what your case is worth.