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Nursing Home Staff Turnover and Retention: An Analysis of National Level Data

Journal Article
January 1, 2010

Drawing on the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey, this article provides national estimates of turnover and retention for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and nurses in nursing homes, and examines the associations between organizational characteristics, local economic conditions, and turnover and retention.

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Key Takeaways

The turnover rate is highest among certified nursing assistants (CNAs) at 75 percent.
Turnover is 56 percent for registered nurses and 51 percent for licensed practical nurses.
Higher staffing among CNAs is consistently associated with lower turnover and higher retention.
 
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