Nursing assistants want more pay and more recognition, according to a recent field study requested by the Health Occupations Program Director of the Florida Department of Education. Registered nurses interviewed certified and uncertified nursing assistants, nursing directors, and administrators in nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, and adult congregate living facilities.
In response to the question, "What would make this job more satisfying?" the top responses included increased salary and benefits, patient assignments based on acuity, more respect and less verbal abuse from supervisors, and more teamwork between nurses and nursing assistants.
An interesting discrepancy was that nursing directors did not identify the need within a facility for a closer, more positive, and satisfying relationship between the supervisory staff and the nursing assistants. The nursing assistants frequently complained of a lack of respect from their supervisors, and a lack of selfesteem was repeatedly noted.
For more information, contact Louise M. Davison, Florida Department of Education, Florida Education Center, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400; 904-4874439.