State requesting to revoke license of Fox Run Findlay Assisted Living
Nurses speak out on extended hours and what caused the walk out
FINDLAY, Ohio (WTVG) - Staffing shortages at Fox Run of Findlay Assisted Living became so bad over the Christmas holiday that the Ohio National Guard had to be called in to assist, a situation the owners apologized for on Thursday.
Former residents tell our team the overworked and underpaid staff was so fed up, they walked out.
“It got to a point where us nurses were working anywhere from 18-21 hours and we would reach out to management and the only response we would get was, ‘Oh boy, that sucks’ and ‘Oh boy, I hate that,’” former Fox Run wellness director and nurse Ajaih Insley said.
Insley says she and the only two other nurses at the facility were left with no other choice but to walk out last week. She feels the extended shifts were putting themselves and the residents in danger.
“So even my father-in-law was a resident there and he wasn’t getting his medication, and diabetics who were there who weren’t getting medicine in case there was an emergency,” Insley said.
Insley says the exhaustion meant the nurses were in no state of mind to be giving out meds but leaving the shift meant major consequences.
“As a nurse, you can’t leave without another nurse replacing you. That is abandonment and you can lose your nursing license for it, so we were literally stuck there until someone could replace us,” Insley said.
So on December 20, she said the nurses felt they had no other choice and walked out.
We would like to apologize to the entire Fox Run community for mistakes we have made that contributed to the staffing shortages on and around Christmas. We should have had a better plan in place to
prevent it from happening. Unfortunately, we cannot go back and correct what happened. All we can do is accept responsibility as the owners of the facility, learn from the mistakes we made and do better moving forward.
Based on discussions we have had with many individuals in our industry and with the ODH, ODA and Agency on Aging, we believe that our team now has a system in place that is adequate and will allow the facility to always have enough staff to provide all of the services our residents need to be kept safe. We believe in our new leaders and we are very excited about the new team we helped them put together. This team will do great things for all residents it cares for.
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