Directors of nursing homes saw a slight pay increase in the last year. The national average salary rose about 400 dollars from $60,000 in 2008 from $59,627 in 2007. Residential nurses and certified nursing assistants in nursing homes fared even better and received a 3.34% and 3.17% pay raise, respectively. There was also a smaller turnover rate among residential nursing homes. The turnover fell to 35.5% this year when it was at 42.33$ last year. Additionally the turnover rate for certified nursing assistants held stead at 42%. Hopefully legislation requiring background checks on nursing home employees will help keep competent nursing home staff. This will in turn ensure that elderly neglect and nursing home abuse cases diminish in Chicago, Illinois. This report was published by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service. To read more about the nursing home salary and benefits report, click here.