RESEARCH PROJECTS view all projects →

Impact of COVID -19 on Nursing Assistants and Residents in Nursing Homes

Project status
Verena Cimarolli
Institution web page
Host institution
LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston
Team members
Verena Cimarolli Robyn Stone Natasha Bryant
Funding information (if funded)
Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation.
Project Summary

Nursing homes (NHs) are currently facing an unprecedented crisis due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. Not only are NH residents/patients at risk for infection and death, but also are Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) who are on the frontlines providing hands-on care. Studies are needed to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic affects CNAs’ work-related well-being, job satisfaction and intention to stay on the job as well as the impact and challenges that COVID-19 has posed to providing quality care during this pandemic. The overall purpose of our proposed 18-month cross-sectional study is to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on CNAs and NH residents/patients when taking into account employers’ efforts to train and prepare CNAs for their work during COVID-19. Using data from a multi-site employee engagement and management system, and NH COVID-19-related data published by CMS, we will answer the following research questions: [1] what are levels of CNAs’ perceived preparedness and quality of employer communication around COVID-19? [2] what stresses and specific challenges do CNAs experience during this crisis? [3] how are perceived preparedness and quality of employer communication around COVID-19, and CNAs’ stresses/challenges experienced during COVID-19 associated with CNAs’ work-related well-being, job satisfaction, and intent to leave the job?, and [4] what facility-level and CNA work-related characteristics are associated with resident/patient COVID-19-related health outcomes? Insights from this study will help NHs to plan their response to the current crisis and future pandemics or other public health-related crises.

Outputs / Expected Outputs

Peer-reviewed publications and research brief late 2021/early 2022


Care setting
Funding type
Intervention types

Impact of COVID -19 on Nursing Assistants and Residents in Nursing Homes