Results of First National Nursing Assistant Survey were recently published sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The survey was designed to provide information needed to recruit, retain and expand the direct care workforce. Some of the characteristics the survey examined include demographics, career decisions, work experience and training, pay and benefits, work environment, home environment, injuries and vaccinations.
According to the findings almost half of all CNAs are members of a minority group; their median hourly wage was $10.04; almost two-thirds lived on an annual family income of less than $30,000; 16 percent had no health insurance and more than half were injured on the job at least once during the previous year.
The survey represents the data available about CNAs in nursing homes and provides a resource for evidence-based policy, practice, and applied research initiatives to address the CNA workforce shortage and to improve recruitment and retention efforts. National Nursing Assistant Survey can be found here.