This research brief provides an overview of key facts and trends related to nursing assistants employed in nursing homes. It features data related to demographics, occupational demand, health coverage, and wage trends.
More than 600,000 nursing assistants provide personal care, assistance with daily activities, and clinical support for 1.4 million nursing home residents nationwide.
Nursing assistants are injured 3.5 times more frequently than the typical American worker.
The poor quality of nursing assistant jobs makes it difficult for nursing homes to attract and retain enough workers to meet demand.
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