More options to help you get to the hospital and stay in shape: Visit the hospital, pick up a bottle of medicine or food, and take it home.
But that’s not how many nurses who work at home are being paid, according to a study published in The American Journal of Nursing.
Nursing home care is often underpaid, and while many of those jobs pay well, the study found that the average home nurse working at home makes less than $25,000 annually.
To get an idea of how much nursing home care can be expected to cost, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services calculated the average pay for a nursing aide to be $18,000 a year.
That is a higher rate than the average annual salary of a licensed nursing assistant, according the study, which surveyed nurses who worked at home and the public at large.
That means home care in nursing homes is often not a low-paying career for most people, the report found.
Nursing home care costs have been rising steadily over the past several years, according as the percentage of the workforce working in the industry grew from 5 percent in 2005 to 23 percent in 2015, according a report by the National Center for Nursing Research and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
In 2016, the median wage for a licensed nurse was $21,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For home care, it’s even higher.
According to the study from the Kaiser Foundation, home care workers make $36,800 a year on average.
That’s more than double the median salary for a registered nurse, the researchers said.
The authors of the study are trying to shed light on why home care nurses are paid so little, but they’re not certain of their answer.
The authors wrote that it could be because the nursing homes that serve nursing homes do not have as much information about what services are provided, or they have not collected the data they should.
The National Association of State Boards of Nursing and Allied Health said in a statement that the nursing home industry is an important part of the economy and is the backbone of the U.S. economy.
“Nursying homes are a vital part of a health care system that provides quality, affordable care and quality, quality care,” said NANC, a trade group for the industry.
“These home care jobs are vital to the health of their communities and to our economy.
The nursing home system is working to improve the pay of its employees to ensure that home care services are paid fairly and fairly well.”
Nancy Latham, the executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said in an interview with NBC News that her group has been concerned about the nursing care industry since the recession.
“We are concerned about what’s going on in the nursing and home care industry and are especially concerned about it in nursing home settings,” she said.
“We think that the pay gap is not just in nursing but also in other settings.”
She added that the lack of information from nursing homes and employers is a big reason why home health care workers are not getting the proper training to help them compete for the jobs they’re supposed to fill.
“It’s a problem,” Latham said.
Despite the fact that nursing home workers earn less, there are plenty of jobs out there that can help them pay their bills.
For example, a licensed dental hygienist is paid about $20,000 per year, according The National Association to Advance Black Employment and Training.
A licensed physical therapist is paid $18.75 an hour, according NANC.
An experienced nurse is paid between $17,000 and $25.50 an hour depending on their specialty.
The average wage for nursing home and home health aides is $23,800, according Latham.
Latham said that the more jobs people can find in the field of nursing home health, the better off they’ll be.
“I think it’s great that people have the opportunity to get a career in nursing care,” she added.
But Latham’s group wants to see more transparency and better training for the workers.
If you or anyone you know needs help in paying bills, the National Alliance for Black Employment is asking for your help at www.nanc.org/benefits.
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