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COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: Who is leaving the Job?

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Verena Cimarolli
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LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston
Team members
Natasha Bryant Robyn Stone
Funding information (if funded)
Aging in America
Project Summary

The LTSS Center @UMass Boston  formed a partnership with WeCare ConnectTM to study the impact of COVID-19 on the workforce employed by LeadingAge members. WeCare ConnectTM is a program/service used by aging services providers at more than 1,000 locations to collect ongoing feedback from new and existing employees, and employees who resign. Managers use this information to develop real-time solutions that help reduce turnover and improve retention. During the first phase of the collaboration, the LTSS Center asked WeCare ConnectTM to add questions to its employee interview battery during May 2020. The questions were designed to assess employees’ perceptions of organizational COVID-19 preparedness and communication, as well as internal and external stresses experienced by employees.  During the second phase of the project, funded by Aging in America Inc., researchers will identify nursing home employees who answered the COVID-related questions in May and subsequently resigned from their jobs. Researchers will use COVID-related data from the May 2020 interviews, and data on the reasons employees gave for resigning, to explore the following research questions:

  1. What are the specific pandemic-related reasons employees report for why they resigned?
  2. What are the specific COVID-related stresses and challenges assessed in May 2020 that are associated with the decision of nursing home workers to resign from their jobs during the pandemic?
  3. Do these specific challenges and stresses vary by type of nursing home employee?
  4. How does the quality of employer preparedness and communication around COVID-19 impact the decision of workers to resign from the job?
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COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: Who is leaving the Job?