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Measuring Staff Turnover in Nursing Homes

Journal Article
April 1, 2006

This study reviews the levels of staff turnover as reported in nursing home literature. The study includes an evaluation of the inconsistent definitions of turnover and the resulting variability in its measurement. Using 354 surveys mailed to administrators, the author develops a more accurate method of measuring staff turnover. The results indicate whether the turnover is voluntary and what time period is covered (including part-time workers) and examine the situations in which turnover occurs.

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Key Takeaways

The definition of turnover used can influence rates by as much as 47%.
Nurse aides were found to have the highest 1-year turnover rate at 119%.
Future data collection initiatives can eliminate some of the measurement error by having specific definitions.

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