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Kentucky lawyer says nursing home workers need better screenings

Mar 14, 2011 Matt Roesly

An attorney from Kentucky recently responded to a report regarding nursing homes, saying that the finding highlighted the need for more stringent background screenings.
 Bowling Green-based lawyer Lee Coleman referenced a report by the New York Times, which found that 92 percent of the country's nursing homes had hired at least one person with a conviction on a criminal matter. The report also found that almost half of long-term care facilities currently have five or more convicted criminals on their staffs. "This report underscores the need to require all Kentucky nursing homes to conduct criminal checks of their employees and to prohibit them from employing anyone who doesn’t pass that screening," Coleman said in a release. “We owe that protection to our elderly citizens." Coleman also stated his support for S.B. 44, which would require privately run nursing home employees in Kentucky to run criminal checks on any person being hired. The California Nurses Association recently highlighted similar concerns. In a recent statement, CAN president Kay McVay said that "prevention is essential for creating a safe and therapeutic environment for patients and a safer workplace for healthcare workers."