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Workforce Characteristics, Perceptions, Stress, and Satisfaction among Staff in Green House and Other Nursing Homes

Keywords: Nursing home workforce characteristics; Green House homes; safety culture, stress, and satisfaction; staff turnover.

Objective: To compare workforce characteristics and staff perceptions of safety, satisfaction, and stress between Green House (GH) and comparison nursing homes (CNHs).

Data Sources/Study Setting: Primary data on staff perceptions of safety, stress, and satisfaction from 13 GHs and 8 comparison NHs in 11 states; secondary data from human resources records on workforce characteristics, turnover, and staffing from 01/01/2011–06/30/2012.

Study Design: Observational study.

Data Collection Methods: Workforce data were from human resources offices; staff perceptions were from surveys.

Principal Findings: Few significant differences were found between GH and CNHs. Exceptions were GH direct caregivers were older, provided t

Conclusions: GH environment may promote staff longevity and does not negatively affect worker's stress, safety perceptions, or satisfaction. Larger studies are needed to confirm findings.

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