Nursing home CNAs earn less than other CNAs, report says

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Certified nurse aides in nursing homes make less per hour compared to CNAs in hospitals and home health agencies, a new report finds. They also have the highest turnover of the three types.

Nursing home CNAs earn an average of $10.33 an hour, according to the 2006-2007 Nursing Department Report published by Hospital and Healthcare Compensation Service. That compares to home health CNAs who receive $11 per hour, HCS said. Hospital CNAs receive the highest wage at $11.49 per hour.

Turnover of CNAs in nursing homes far surpasses the rates for home health and hospital CNAs, the report said. Their turnover rate is 42.75%, while home health CNA and hospital CNA turnover rates are both about 25%. The report includes data from 4,207 healthcare facilities. Those facilities include 69,032 nursing home employees, 11,786 home health employees and 7,498 hospital employees.

For more information or to purchase the full report, call HCS at (201) 405-0075 or visit www.hhcsinc.com .