Satisfaction study signals out looming workforce crisis

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The majority of nursing home workers are satisfied with their jobs, according to a survey from a Web-based research and data management firm. But an aging workforce combined with the growing need for caregivers could lead to a crisis in the field, the survey suggests.

If left unaddressed, an "age cliff" could negatively affect the quality of care at nursing homes, according to Neil Gulsvig, chief executive officer of My InnerView, which released the survey findings this week. Based on the survey, among nurses and nursing assistants with the most years of service, 50% are age 50 or older. A total of 106,858 employees in 1,933 nursing facilities completed the survey.

Still, nearly two-thirds of nursing home employees rate their overall job satisfaction as "excellent" or "good," and 63% say they would recommend their nursing facility as an "excellent" or "good" place to work, according to the report. Managers and nurses in administrations reported the highest levels of satisfaction while nursing assistants and nurses reported the lowest rates of overall satisfaction.

More information on how to obtain the report is available at www.myinnerview.com.