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To Achieve Equitable Quality Of Care In Nursing Homes, Address Key Workforce Challenges

Brief Training & Advanced Roles
February 17, 2021

This article describes the landscape of long-term care workforce challenges (including fragmented regulations, absenteeism and turnover, and low wages) and suggests policy solutions (including a federal minimum wage for nursing assistants and mandatory staffing levels).

Key Takeaways

Turnover, absenteeism, staffing shortages, and training insufficiencies are key challenges in nursing homes.
These workforce challenges have been made even more apparent by the COVID-19 crisis.
Improving wages and staffing levels could have a range of positive impacts on workforce and care quality outcomes.

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