Frederica Meade isn’t an ordinary nurse. She spends her entire shift at her patient’s home to care for them there.
She’s considered self-employed, reimbursed by the New York State Medicaid system. Meade claims she hasn’t been given a raise in several years, and some of her colleagues can’t afford to do the work anymore.
Because of what the nurses say is inadequate pay, many are going back to traditional nursing at hospitals or private practices.
That leaves fewer nurses to treat the same number of patients, many who are bed-ridden and need care at home.
There’s a greater need for nurses treating adult patients. They’re paid added incentive to treat children, but when their patients turn 21, the nurses go back to lesser pay.
Meade has been in touch with State Senator David Valesky’s office. He supports a raise for the nurses, but says funding needs to be included in the Governor’s budget.