Better pay and patient-to-caregiver ratios for medical paraprofessionals
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Every day health paraprofessionals arrive at healthcare facilities to provide essential care for millions of patients. Daily tasks include toileting, passing medications, serving meals, assisted transfers, documentation, companionship, and much more. The work is usually physically and mentally demanding and healthcare paraprofessionals frequently deal with sobering issues like loss of life, verbal abuse, and assault.
One of the most well-known paraprofessional job positions is that of a Certified Nursing Assistant although a wide variety of medical paraprofessional jobs exist and, unfortunately, the average salary is only $24,000 per year with an average hourly wage of $12.20/hr. Most medical paraprofessionals (and their supervising medical professionals) would agree that their time and care expertise is worth more. An issue rivaling stagnant wages is that of poor patient-to-caregiver ratios. Many facilities experience a high turnover rate among low-wage employees, creating a difficult and occasionally dangerous situation for caregivers filling in the staffing gaps. Fewer caregivers equates to less time providing crucial care activities such as frequent toileting and assisting with meals.
The purpose of this petition is to raise awareness towards the low wages, high turnover rates, and poor patient-to-caregiver ratios endured in this career path. Together we can raise awareness, brainstorm a plan for change, and effect change through vocal pressure on individuals in positions to raise the standard of caregiver treatment.
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