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Advocates push for safe staffing at nursing homes

One nurse for every 30 patients? One nurse for every 40 patients?

Right now, in New York state there are no minimum staffing requirements that nursing homes must meet to ensure patients are properly cared for but there is a new push to change that.

Nursing homes get between $100,000 and $120,000 per year, per Medicaid patient, and they decide how to best use the cash. Many of those who work in the industry say some of the homes choose to pocket too much of the profits instead of hiring adequate staff.

MaryAnn Sprung of Rochester has been a nurse for 40 years. In that time, she says it's been nearly impossible to provide the care she was trained to give because she's pulled in too many directions. Long-term care facilities, in her experience, have been the hardest.

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