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The Influence of Nurse Staffing Levels on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes

Journal Article
October 1, 2011

This study examines the relationship between the certified nursing assistant (CNA) staffing levels and the Nursing Home Compare scores of Florida nursing homes. For every six minute increase in CNA hours per resident day, a nursing home sees a three percent reduction in its care quality deficiency score. The authors therefore conclude that nursing home providers would benefit by hiring more CNA staff.

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Key Takeaways

Higher CNA staffing levels predicted lower total deficiency scores.
Higher CNA staffing levels predicted lower quality of care deficiency scores.
There is a significant relationship between CNA staffing and nursing home quality.

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