ERIC Number: EJ855149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
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Nursing Home Work Practices and Nursing Assistants' Job Satisfaction
Bishop, Christine E.; Squillace, Marie R.; Meagher, Jennifer; Anderson, Wayne L.; Wiener, Joshua M.
Gerontologist, v49 n5 p611-622 Oct 2009
Purpose: To estimate the impact of nursing home work practices, specifically compensation and working conditions, on job satisfaction of nursing assistants employed in nursing homes. Design and Methods: Data are from the 2004 National Nursing Assistant Survey, responses by the nursing assistants' employers to the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey, and county-level data from the Area Resource File. Multinomial logistic regression was used to estimate effects of compensation and working conditions on nursing assistants' overall job satisfaction, controlling for personal characteristics and local labor market characteristics. Results: Wages, benefits, and job demands, measured by the ratio of nursing assistant hours per resident day, were associated with job satisfaction. Consistent with previous studies, job satisfaction was greater when nursing assistants felt respected and valued by their employers and had good relationships with supervisors. Nursing assistants were more satisfied when they had enough time to complete their work, when their work was challenging, when they were not subject to mandatory overtime, and where food was not delivered to residents on trays. Implications: This is the first investigation of nursing assistant job satisfaction using a nationally representative sample of nursing assistants matched to information about their employing nursing homes. The findings corroborate results of previous studies in showing that compensation and working conditions that provide respect, good relationships with supervisors, and better staffing levels are important to nursing assistant job satisfaction.
Descriptors: Job Satisfaction, Allied Health Personnel, Nursing Homes, National Surveys, Correlation, Gerontology, Institutional Environment, Caregivers, Quality of Working Life, Compensation (Remuneration), Work Environment, Caregiver Attitudes, Employee Attitudes, Predictor Variables, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Employer Employee Relationship
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