Nurses across the country are scrambling to secure a higher pay rate amid the opioid crisis.
But many in the profession aren’t taking their concerns to the White House, and have been making their voices heard online and at rallies.
A coalition of groups is urging President Donald Trump to lift restrictions that have restricted the ability of nursing homes to provide medical care.
Nursing homes have struggled to recruit, retain and retain qualified staff, and to provide care to people with chronic illnesses, the advocacy groups say.
The National Association of State Directors of Nursing and Midwifery have filed an executive summary for President Trump calling for the immediate reinstatement of restrictions.
The coalition, led by the American Nurses Association, has called on the president to lift the restrictions, which have been in place since 2018.
A spokeswoman for the Trump administration did not respond to a request for comment.
In the interim, nursing homes have been forced to shut down and lay off employees, as many have sought to save money by laying off workers.
The nursing home industry has also faced a shortage of skilled nursing workers, and a recent shortage of certified nursing assistants.
A recent shortage in nursing home staffing has led to some workers leaving nursing homes, and some of those who remain are understaffed, according to the advocacy group.
While Trump is a vocal supporter of the nursing home sector, many in his administration have criticized nursing home workers and health care providers, and said the government should step in to help.