End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes: The Importance of CNA Staff Communication
September 1, 2010
This article presents a study of end-of-life care in New York State nursing homes, and how communication between certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and other nursing home employees can support or impede such care. The report concludes that facilities in which CNAs communicate better with coworkers perform better in end-of-life care processes. It notes that facilities that have enacted culture change are generally better at encouraging CNAs to communicate, but such facilities remain relatively rare.