The Drive to $25
Even before the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, certified nurse assistants in California skilled nursing facilities were overworked, overlooked and underpaid.
Supporters of The Drive to $25 are urging the state to provide a living wage to certified nurse assistants who work in skilled nursing facilities.
California’s Medi-Cal program needs to establish a nursing home CNA minimum wage that will grow to $25 per hour in the next three years.
Certified Nurse Assistants
Almost 80 percent of the state’s direct care workforce is comprised of women. Fifty percent are immigrants, and many are single mothers. A majority (51 percent) are eligible for public assistance. A living wage will help low-income workers make ends meet, increase caregiver retention and benefit resident care.
It’s estimated that by 2025, nearly 20,000 CNAs will be needed just to maintain the current workforce.
Nurse caregivers in this demanding job are in short supply threatening access to skilled care for elderly individuals.