Certified Nursing Assistants’ Perceptions And Generational Differences

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Debra Hagerty
Janet R. Buelow


Certified Nursing Assistant, Generational Differences, Supervisor Support, Work Environment


Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are the heart and soul of long-care facilities. This study surveyed their perceptions of nursing home administrators, supervisors, and coworkers, and then compared generational differences. Regardless of generation, CNAs reported a high sense of intrinsic satisfaction, commitment to their nursing home, and supervisor support. However, all generations of CNAs perceived their administrators as rather insensitive by not showing concern for their health, not calling in additional help when needed, nor making allowances for family emergencies. Two significant generational differences were found: 1) older CNAs, or baby boomers, felt their supervisor didn’t understand their work problems and needs and 2) younger CNAs (Millennials) reported more internal gossiping and negative peer interactions than did older CNAs. These findings are useful as administrators and supervisors strive to create a supportive work environment. 


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