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Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Certified Nursing Assistants in Nursing Homes: How Do They Differ?

Journal Article
January 1, 2011

This study analyzes the 2004 National Nursing Assistant Survey and other survey data to examine the characteristics and experiences of immigrant and non-immigrant certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in nursing facilities. Descriptive results focus on differences in personal characteristics, working conditions, extrinsic rewards, work experiences, job satisfaction, and workplace discrimination.

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Key Takeaways

Immigrant CNAs tend to be older, have higher educational levels, and earn slightly more than U.S.-born CNAs.
Immigrant CNAs experience substantial levels of discrimination and language-related communication barriers at work.
Pressing policy issues arise from the increase in immigrant labor in long-term care.

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