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State budget to include more veterans-home nurses

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government River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Governor Scott Walker said Thursday, Dec. 6, that his next state budget package will include 25 more full-time nurses at the state Veterans Home in Waupaca County, as well as 58 certified nursing assistants.

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The Veterans' Affairs Department asked for the additional staffers, after the unions complained about being overworked due to chronic staffing shortages. Union leaders said they fear that a stressed employee will make a tragic error affecting the older veterans who get nursing care.

Walker said the additional workers would ensure that there's a registered nurse in the unit at all times, and the ratio of patients to nursing staffers would be improved. Legislators will be asked next spring to approve the extra personnel.

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