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Workplace Assaults on Nursing Assistants in US Nursing Homes: A Multilevel Analysis

Journal Article
January 1, 2010

Drawing on data from the 2004 National Nursing Assistant Survey and National Nursing Home Survey, this study examines individual and organizational-level risk factors for injuries to nursing assistants caused by nursing home residents. The researchers found that 34 percent of nursing assistants had experienced physical injuries from residents in the previous year. Mandatory overtime and insufficient time to assist residents with activities of daily living were strongly associated with experiencing such injuries.

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Key Takeaways

Of nursing assistants surveyed, 34 percent reported physical injury from resident aggression in the previous year.
Mandatory overtime and insufficient time to assist residents with ADLs were associated with injuries from assaults.
Reducing overtime and workload reduces workplace violence in residences for people with cognitive impairments.
 
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