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Survey highlights nursing assistant satisfaction in nursing home employment

Demand for nursing assistants in nursing homes is extremely high as the number of Americans in need of long-term care is expected to double from 13 million in 2000 to 27 million in 2050. To make matters worse, nursing assistant turnover is equally high in the nursing home industry, even reaching 100% in some organizations. Gaps in staffing at nursing home affect patient care directly, decreasing the quality of patient care and the attention the patients receive. Unfortunately, these staffing gaps can result in increased occurrences of nursing home neglect and abuse.

The National Center for Health Statistics and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation have collaborated to survey certified nursing assistants in nursing homes to explain why retention in the nursing home industry is dismal. The survey is designed to provide an evidence base for understanding what draws individuals to nursing assistant careers in nursing homes and what contributes to their satisfaction in their jobs.

For more information on the National Nursing Assistant Survey.