McKnight’s had another interesting story about the staffing problems at nursing homes and how that affects the quality of care provided. A new analysis based on a survey of directors of nursing by The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services finds that the staffing crisis impacts the morale, effectiveness, and burnout of nursing leaders. The new study shows that staffing shortages are damaging nurse leaders’ job satisfaction rates, hastening burnout among the top ranks.
About 75% of respondents cited staffing shortages as their top challenge, and 63% said they do not have adequate staff to properly care for residents. Those shortages are forcing nurse leaders to the frontlines, with about 66% saying they are routinely providing direct resident care. Balancing work and personal life is important to nurse leaders, but such interruptions to their work routines are causing problems, they reported.
“Work-life balance is a challenge,” said Amy Stewart, R.N., vice president of curriculum development for the affiliated American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing. “And when you look at that, you also see that work-life balance is interrupted by the fact that they are being pulled into the role of caregiver.”
AADNS gathered its information from about 15,000 directors of nursing working in the long-term care field. It also includes DON/DNS salary comparisons, along with staff turnover rates and trends. The 2019 AADNS Director of Nursing Services Work Study and Salary Report is available for purchase.