Nursing assistants' dilemma: caregiver versus caretaker.
Holmberg-MD; Flum-M; West-C; Zhang-Y; Qamili-S; Punnett-L
Hosp Top 2013 Jan-Mar; 91(1):1-8
Focus groups were conducted with over 150 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in seven nursing homes to obtain their opinions on how the work environment supported or impeded their caregiving to residents. Strong opinions emerged about work environment interference with CNAs' ability to provide quality and comprehensive care. Participants also believed that their supervisors did not respect the value of the care and nurturing that CNAs provided. This contrasted with the respect that CNAs voiced for residents. The findings highlight the need for improved relationships between CNAs and management and suggest some desirable features of work organization in nursing homes.
Health-care; Total-Worker-Health; Health-care-personnel; Nurses; Nursing; Group-dynamics; Group-behavior; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-performance; Worker-motivation; Attitude; Quality-standards; Supervisory-personnel; Management-personnel; Administration;
Author Keywords: long-term care; nursing assistants; resident care; work organization
Michelle D. Holmberg, Program Manager, Center for Family, Work, and Community, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA
University of Massachusetts, Lowell