ERIC Number: ED364302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Needs Assessment Studies of Certified Nurse Assistants and Administrators. Volume XXII, No. 7.
Fair, Lillian; And Others
As part of an educational needs assessment, a survey was conducted by William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in Palatine, Illinois, of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and of administrators at institutions known to employ CNA's. Survey instruments were mailed to two groups. The first group, 153 administrators at institutions employing CNA's, were sent both a Form A survey, to be completed by administrators, educators, and supervisors, as well as a Form B survey to be distributed to CNA's (Sample A CNA's). In addition, surveys were sent directly to 391 CNA's on WRHC's mailing list (Sample B CNA's). Administrators returned 53 surveys, for a 34.6% response rate, as well as 78 surveys completed by CNA's. Among CNA's contacted directly, 70 surveys were returned for a 17.9% response rate. Study findings included the following: (1) the administrative group reported that the tasks most frequently performed by CNA's were basic patient care and vital signs, and rated CNA job performance highly in these two areas, compared to low ratings related to rehabilitation/restorative care; (2) among Sample B CNA's, 60% were no longer employed as CNA's, leaving the profession mainly because of low pay; (3) Sample A CNA's were more likely to be employed in long-term care facilities, while Sample B were more likely to be employed in home health care; (4) the average annual salary reported by CNA's was about $16,000; and (5) CNA's reported feeling least prepared for computer entry, care of patients affected by the Acquired Immune Deficiency virus, and ostomy care. Data tables and the survey instruments are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Computer Literacy, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Job Performance, Job Satisfaction, Job Skills, Needs Assessment, Nurses Aides, Occupational Surveys, Personnel Evaluation, Salaries, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.