Aiding Certified Nurse Assistants
As far back as the 1970s, America’s nursing homes have persistently faced under-staffing and high average turnover rates for nursing staff ranging 55% to 75%, often exceeding 100% for certified nurse assistants. Nationwide shortage of nurses and high turnover rates means in many cases nurses are either under-qualified or overloaded with too many patients, affecting the quality of care at nursing homes. Nursing aides provide 80-90% of the care residents receive and are most appropriate in identifying new problems or changes to a residents’ care, but have little involvement in care planning. How might we change the role of nurse assistants so that we can increase retention and better the quality of care?