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In their own words: Why nursing assistants keep their jobs. Factors that support and detract from nursing assistant job longevity


2005 2005

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Abstract (summary)

Nursing assistants provide 90% of the direct care services to residents in nursing homes. Much has been written about the problem of turnover among these employees. Often, research has addressed the issue from a “problem perspective”, questioning why do nursing assistants leave?

This research uses a strengths perspective, in an effort to determine why nursing assistants, who have been with their jobs for five or more years, stay on the job. A qualitative methodology was used, allowing nursing assistant participants to describe in their own words what it is like to be a nursing assistant in a nursing home. They describe the good days and bad days, how work is assigned, how they accomplish work within a team structure, why they have chosen to stay on the job, and what factors detract from staying. They also offer their own insights into the problem of turnover.

The results of the study indicate that nursing assistants who stay are mature, independent, and reliable. They stay because they care about the residents they serve, and they want to make a difference in their lives. They have bad days, but they take them in stride because they view the residents like family. Other nursing assistants with whom they work are crucial to quality resident care. Only with a full staff and teamwork can all needs of residents be met, allowing time for extras that make the difference between just doing a job, and really caring for residents.

Nursing assistants offer insights into the turnover problem that have implications for recruitment practices. Recommendations resulting from this research also have implications for retention and training of nursing assistants, and the need for further research.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Gerontology;
Social work;
Nursing;
Assistants;
Careers
Classification
0351: Gerontology
0452: Social work
0569: Nursing
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Job longevity; Nursing assistants; Turnover
Title
In their own words: Why nursing assistants keep their jobs. Factors that support and detract from nursing assistant job longevity
Author
Schlichting-Ray, Linda
Number of pages
141
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0656
Source
DAI-A 66/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542110405, 0542110407
Advisor
Weaver, Hilary
University/institution
State University of New York at Buffalo
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3173640
ProQuest document ID
305382334
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305382334
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