A 2004-2005 National Nursing Assistant Survey, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was recently published. The first-ever survey was designed to provide information needed to recruit, retain and expand the direct care workface. Some of the characteristics the survey examined include demographics, career decisions, work experience and training, pay and benefits, work environment, home environment, injuries and vaccinations. Almost half of all CNAs are members of a minority group with their median hourly wage was $10.04. 16 percent had no health insurance and more than half were injured on the job at least once during the previous year. The Gerontologist hopes that the survey “represents a major advance in the data available about CNAs in nursing homes and provides a rich resource for evidence- based policy, practice, and applied research initiatives recruitment and retention efforts.” Hopefully, this report will help Illinois nursing homes decrease elderly abuse and neglect. To read the nursing home study, please click the link.