A nurse from a small nursing home in northern California has a different goal: She wants to change the face of the industry.
Nancy Gannon, founder of the San Francisco Hot Nurse Center, wants to give women of color a place to feel comfortable sharing their medical history and to earn a spot on the waiting list for a nurse’s aide.
Gannon said she believes the shortage of qualified hot nurses stems from a combination of cultural and economic factors.
For many women of colour, the gap between their earning potential and their ability to access the care they need is a significant barrier to getting their needs met, Gannon told The Associated Press.
It’s especially important in the nursing home setting, which is home to a lot of immigrants and refugees.
The lack of qualified nurses and nurses of color in the area makes it particularly challenging for women of diverse backgrounds to find nursing homes that provide quality care, she said.
Gannon said the center aims to make the nursing community more welcoming to people of color, to include women of different ages, races and ethnicities.
She said the goal is to build trust between the nursing staff and the community.
The center, which opened in January, is not the only nursing home that offers an alternative to the traditional model.
The San Francisco Health Care Coalition has a network of hot nurse programs that provide a range of services, including medical testing, social work support and other nursing related activities.
Glynn Hill, a senior program manager for the coalition, said the Hot Nurse Centers are helping to fill the need for nurses in the Bay Area, but it is a small portion of the network.
She said the coalition is working with the hot nurse center and other programs to develop a model that will provide safe, affordable and culturally competent nursing for people of all races, ethnicities and incomes.
She also said it’s critical to encourage people to find new opportunities for employment and to build a supportive community.
“We know that a lack of resources is a major obstacle for women in this community,” Hill said.