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Nurse Survey Reveals Those in Skilled Nursing Most Dissatisfied with Jobs, Benefits

February 16, 2011
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In a satisfaction survey that polled more than 95,000 nurses in more than 600 healthcare settings, those in nursing homes turned out to be most dissatisfied with their careers.

The study, published in the policy journal Health Affairs, found that, among nurses working directly with patients, 27% of nursing home nurses and 24% of hospital nurses reported dissatisfaction in their current jobs, compared to just 13% of nurses working in other settings.

“This suggests that nurses in caregiving roles are experiencing a distinct disadvantage relative to their peers and others in the broader workforce, a disadvantage that is likely to affect the stability of the nurse workforce in the future,” according to researchers from the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing.

Other highlights from the study include: thirty-seven percent of nursing home nurses and 34% of hospital nurses feel burned out in their current jobs; 51% of nursing home nurses and 41% of hospital nurses are dissatisfied with their health benefits; and nearly 60% of nurses in nursing homes and half of nurses in hospitals are unhappy with retirement benefits.

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Study: Nurses’ Widespread Job Dissatisfaction, Burnout, And Frustration With Health Benefits Signal Problems For Patient Care



Until long tern care nurses are reimbursed on the same levels as hospitals, including benefits, the situation will only get worse.
Medicaid reimbursement MUST increase if long tern care nurses are going to get salary and benefits equal to their job responsibility.

Response to terrymcgrath:
I must agree with you. Most LTC nurses are there because they have a passion for taking care of our elderly population just as a critical care nurse or ER nurse or nurses of any other field love the population they care for.
Unfortunately, Private pay and, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement are frequently insufficient to cover the specialized need for long term care residents. Is it because they feel "custodial care" less important or costly than acute care. As far as technical, medication, and treatment needs they are probably right but the nursing and rehab components remain the same, even greater. And realize that Medicare reimbursement, the greater of the 2 government pay sources, is very limited and requires certain qualifications to be utilized.
Frequently, duties that are specialzed in an acute care setting are combined and tasked to a single LTC nurse in order to save money. Patient ratios create a work day that leaves most nurses unsatisfied because they physically cannot be in so many places at one time and expect to provide the care they wish they could.
I could go on but what can we do to aleviate the issue? Join the fight to at least maintain what coverage is still available for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. Contact your congressmen, lobbyists, anyone you know that can take the message to the government bodies that make those decisions.