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Re: “Nurse Shortage Puts Vermont Parents on the Hook for Kids' Care

As a professional caregiver, I would not want to be a home care provider for several reasons including low pay, uncompensated travel time, and wear and tear on my car. Not to mention, the added burden of traveling long distances to reach unplowed driveways in the winter and being alone should any unexpected medical emergency arise.

The government will need to reconsider how it reimburses such care if it wants to attract quality caregivers. And, this is just the tip of the iceberg folks. Nursing homes are grappling with constant understaffing as well and the situation will only worsen as the U.S. population continues to grow older and sicker.

Posted by Lisa McCormack on 10/17/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

WHY HASN'T ANYONE MENTIONED WHAT BROUGHT HER TO THE POINT OF SELF MEDICATING?! C'MON!
NYC...??!!
LETZ GET REAL AND TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO HER!!
THE PEOPLE AT BE FAILED TO HELP HER!!
I DONT KNOW HOW ONE CAN "GET OVER"
WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR LOVELY DARSHANA!
BLESSINGS MY SWEET LADY.
SO MUCH LOVE!!

Posted by shadow_lady on 10/04/2017 at 4:29 AM

Re: “Nurse Shortage Puts Vermont Parents on the Hook for Kids' Care

Low pay and lack of benefits is part of the problem. The work also lacks interaction with other staff. Team work, mutual support and socially enjoyable time at work are missing. The work may be very routine and lacks the variety of interesting patients which keeps nurses challenged and learning. I also do not know how quiet a home care nurse must be while the rest of the family is sleeping in the same home. Many home health nurses prefer to make shorter visits with several patients during daytime hous. And nurses are usually paid extra for the inconvenience of working night shifts. As a medical professional, I would choose a hospital or nursing home setting for all of these reasons even if the pay was equivalent. Even with better pay, finding nurses who want to do this working with this schedule may continue to be difficult.

Posted by lizzy6 on 09/24/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Death by Drugs: Opiates Claimed a Record Number of Vermonters in 2016

Wow. Its always unfortunate when someone dies but drug addiction is a choice. Its sad that now because of opiate addiction treating drugs like suboxen are sonwidely used now is to generate a profit from addicts for the already bloated big pharma.

Posted by Mike Jokinen on 09/21/2017 at 12:42 PM

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