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Money Not Motivator to Retain Long Term Care Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 5th, 2011

Pay plays a relatively small role in a nurse’s decision to stay at or leave a nursing home, job, according to new research from Rice University, the University of Pittsburgh and Baylor College of Medicine. This comprehensive study of certified nursing assistants found that attitudinal factors such as job satisfaction and emotional well-being are better predictors of turnover in long-term care facilities.

While previous studies have found high turnover rates — between 23 and 36 percent — in the long-term care industry, this new study found that only 5.8 percent of the workers left and 8.4 percent switched to another facility within a year.

Staff turnover increases the financial burden of caring for elders and interferes with the quality of care. This study shows that to increase the retention of these workers, administrators should address low job satisfaction among employees and provide health insurance.

To learn more about this study, click here.