Nursing homes are difficult places of employment. Administrators count themselves lucky to be fully staffed, given the paltry wages and hard work. Are you, then, surprised to learn that the backgrounds of prospective workers are not painstakingly researched? The fact that former prisoners usually can’t get hired by most employers easily validates a study finding a high portion of ex-criminals are workers in long-term care institutions. The report, issued by the Department of Health & Human Services, came as no surprise to Dr. Joshua Wiener of RTI International, who specializes in long-term care. Dr. Wiener explained that an hourly wage of approximately $10 made the job unattractive to prospective workers with better options.
Acknowledging the problem, health care reform is allocating $160 million to assist with criminal background checks.