2006 SURVEY OF NURSING HOME WORKFORCE SATISFACTION

We get a magazine called NURSING HOMES, Long Term Care Management – a periodical written for long term care administrators. This month, in their monthly section called A VIEW ON WASHINGTON, the magazine cites a 2006 sruvey done by MyInnerView, taken of current long term care employees, regarding job satisfaction etc. While 60% of employees in nursing homes rate their employment as good or excellent, the survey reflects the following statements by the staff.

Priority items cited by Nursing Aids or Assistants: (1) Help with Job Stress or Burnout; (2) Management Listens; (3) Management cares; (4) Supervisor appreciates; (5) adequate equipment / supplies. Wow. Difficult job, low pay, and if you feel you do not have the proper tools and or corporate support, how long could you last as a CNA in a nursing home? I imagine not very long. And I think my conclusion is correct given the survey also found that 1/3 of all nursing home employees had been employed in long term care for less than two years. This reflects pretty high turnover.

There may be a solution – MORE NURSES AND BETTER PAY. I think it’s a good place to start. Sadly, then the coporate owners would make less money for their families or shareholders. Too bad that $ again dictates level of care…

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Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.