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140Type of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution CRIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20010111Primary Sponsor: GieseAll Sponsors: GieseDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\nbd\11050ac01.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20010517Date of Last Amendment: 20010308Subject: Health needs assessment to study nurses aides recruitment problem in nursing homes, Residential Care Facilities, DHECHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20010517 Received from House House 20010517 Adopted, returned to Senate with concurrence House 20010516 Committee report: Favorable 27 H3M House 20010312 Introduced, referred to Committee 27 H3M Senate 20010308 Adopted, sent to House Senate 20010308 Committee amendment adopted Senate 20010306 Committee report: Favorable with 13 SMA amendment Senate 20010111 Introduced, referred to Committee 13 SMA Versions of This Bill Revised on March 6, 2001 - Word format Revised on March 8, 2001 - Word format Revised on May 16, 2001 - Word format
May 16, 2001
S. Printed 5/16/01--H.
Read the first time March 12, 2001.
To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (S. 140) requesting the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium in conducting its statewide needs assessment of all health professionals to examine the problems of the recruitment and retention of nurses, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
JOE E. BROWN for Committee.
EXPLANATION OF IMPACT:
The South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium of MUSC has indicated that any costs associated with carrying out the provisions of this bill could be absorbed within the agency's existing resources and would have no impact on the General Fund of the State nor on federal and/or other funds.
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REQUESTING THE SOUTH CAROLINA AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CONSORTIUM IN CONDUCTING ITS STATEWIDE NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF ALL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO EXAMINE THE PROBLEMS OF THE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF NURSES AND NURSES AIDES IN SOUTH CAROLINA NURSING HOMES AND HOSPITALS AND TO REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2002.
Whereas, eighty percent of care in nursing homes is provided by nurses aides, and turnover rates for nursing aides in long-term care are as high as one hundred percent in a two-year period; and
Whereas, nurses aides are serving sicker and more severely handicapped patients due to the trend to keep patients at home and served by home and community health services as long as possible; and
Whereas, long-term care facilities have great difficulty in finding nurses aides to fill openings; and
Whereas, care for advanced dementia patients is difficult and poorly rewarded; and
Whereas, increased workloads in long-term care are demanding more health providers; and
Whereas, our single elderly often have only their personal care nurses aides to depend on, as families are often not available; and
Whereas, the pay scale for nursing aides is comparable to unskilled fast food workers; and
Whereas, South Carolina's aging population is growing and will continue to increase as the baby boomers approach the ranks of senior citizens; and
Whereas, South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) is currently involved in a statewide health profession needs assessment of all health professionals including licensed and unlicensed providers under an enhanced AHEC contract. The health profession planning under the enhanced contract will focus on health care skills and competencies to serve the population in critical areas of health needs which include geriatric care. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That by this resolution, the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina requests the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium, in conducting its statewide needs assessment of all health professionals, to examine the problem of recruitment and retention of nurses and nurses aides in South Carolina nursing homes and hospitals and to report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly before January 1, 2002.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium.
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