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Nurse Aide Empowerment Strategies and Staff Stability: Effects on Nursing Home Resident Outcomes

Journal Article
June 1, 2005

This study examines staff empowerment as a strategy that can be used by nursing home administrators to support direct care staff and improve the quality of care for residents. The study suggests that nursing home administrators should use a lateral decision-making structure that gives nurse aides more decision-making authority to influence the physical and psychological health of consumers.

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Key Takeaways

Higher nursing assistant rewards correlated with fewer resident pressure ulcers.
Greater nursing assistant care decision-making authority is correlated with higher resident social engagement.
Management structures can be used to empower nursing assistants and improve resident outcomes.
 
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