In nursing homes, a lot of attention has been paid to the issue of sexual harassment.
A recent study of over 7,000 nursing homes found that sexual harassment rates for staff and patients were significantly higher than the national average.
That’s a significant difference, and it highlights how serious the issue is in the field.
And in an effort to help prevent it, a coalition of nursing home professionals has set up the Fairfield Nursing Home Task Force to address the issue.
The task force was established by the Association of American Nurses, and was created to provide guidance on the issue and to ensure that the nursing home community takes this issue seriously.
But the group also has some recommendations for people who are interested in working in a nursing home.
The goal is to ensure the health and well-being of staff, but also the safety of residents, said Elizabeth Pinto, chair of the task force and the former CEO of a nursing homes corporation.
“What we’re really trying to do is to make sure that we have an open dialogue around the issue, and we can find ways that we can do that and we don’t lose sight of what we’re trying to achieve,” Pinto said.
“If we can take a little bit of time to be honest and thoughtful about this, then it will be better for everybody.”
One recommendation for anyone looking to work in a Nursing Home is to educate themselves about the issues of sexual assault and harassment.
“We’re not trying to teach you how to run a nursing care facility, but we are trying to educate you about the fact that there are a number of issues that need to be addressed and addressed, said Patricia R. Pinto of the Fairfields Nursing Home.
Pints of tea for a man in the care of a woman, for example, or a room in a hotel room, or other types of issues, should be treated with respect, and sexual assault should be taken seriously, said Pinto.
That doesn’t mean you should avoid the topic altogether, she said, but it should be addressed in a way that isn’t offensive to other employees.
The Fairfield Task Force, which includes both the nursing homes organization and the association, will meet again next month to discuss other recommendations.
The group also will be holding community workshops for staff members, including on how to handle issues like harassment.
“And while there are some that feel that it is not acceptable for staff to discuss and talk about sexual harassment, there are others that feel it is unacceptable and they feel that the burden of proof for those staff who speak out falls on them.””
The nursing home industry is one of the most diverse in the country,” said Karen M. Davis, vice president of communications for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
“And while there are some that feel that it is not acceptable for staff to discuss and talk about sexual harassment, there are others that feel it is unacceptable and they feel that the burden of proof for those staff who speak out falls on them.”
So I think that we’re just trying to provide as much information as we can about the issue,” Davis said.
In an attempt to help ensure the safety and well being of staff in the nursing facility, the Fairgrounds Task Force is working with the American Nursery Association to develop a safety training toolkit.
The toolkit will be developed by the Fairmont Hotel and Residence Association, which will be working with a group of nursing homes and the community to develop it.
There are also many resources for staff that can be found on the nursinghome.org website.
“For example, if a person is feeling unsafe or not feeling safe, that’s something that a nurse can talk to the staff and say, ‘That’s a problem, that needs to be worked on.'””
There are so many different types of information out there, and if you have questions, you can reach out to a nurse or an employee directly,” said Erin C. Smith, nursing home program director for the association.
“For example, if a person is feeling unsafe or not feeling safe, that’s something that a nurse can talk to the staff and say, ‘That’s a problem, that needs to be worked on.'”
For more information about sexual assault in nursing facilities, check out this article on The American Civil Liberties Union.