Welcome back to Part 2 of our five-part series regarding nursing home negligence and abuse. Today we are gonna be discussing who are the providers in the nursing homes? Who works there. Right? Some of you who’ve gone to visit loved ones in these places may see the same people all the time when you go in. Right? Same people that work at the front desk, maybe the same people that are taking care of your family members. But oftentimes, there are many, many others that work there, so I wanna kinda go through with you a little bit about who are these folks.
First of all, let’s talk about direct care employees. Right? Direct care employees, those are staff members that, just as it sort of implies, right, the name. It’s direct care. They provide direct care to your family member. Right? Or the residents of the nursing home. They can be nurses, they can be doctors, they can be nurse practitioners, they can be nursing assistants, certified or otherwise. There can be qualified dietitians. Oftentimes, you’ll have those at nursing homes. Admin and support, right? Which can be anything from secretaries, accounting, marketing, human resources, custodians, essentially non-medical providers that are working there. At the end of the day, usually the nurses, or nurse practitioners, right? A nurse practitioner, just so you know, is a registered nurse, but they have further education. Right? So they have a master’s degree or sometimes you’ll find a nurse practitioner has a PhD in nursing and they oftentimes are the ones who are very much in charge of the care that’s at these nursing homes, or assisted living facilities. Right? They direct a lot of the care. And sometimes you may have also an MD or a DO, a medical doctor, a Doctor of Osteopath, that work at these places as well. But oftentimes, most of the time, you’re gonna see it’s a lot of nursing care that goes on there, whether it’s the NPs like I mentioned, the certified RNs, the nursing assistants, or sometimes certified non-educated assistants, and sometimes that’s where the problem lies. And we’re gonna get into that in the next few talks we have ahead of us, but just wanted to discuss with you those definitions. Again, I’m Christopher Burke. I’m with the Patriot Law Firm and I look forward to seeing you next time. Have a good day.