Job Resignation in Nursing Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Quality of Employer Communication. By: Cimarolli, Verena R.; Bryant, Natasha S.; Falzarano, Francesca; Stone, Robyn. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Jan2022, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p12-21. 10p.

Limited research has examined coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-related work stressors experienced by nursing home (NH) employees and how these stressors may impact employees’ decision to resign when taking organizational factors into account. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate whether quality of employer communication related to COVID-19 and staff preparedness to care for residents with COVID-19 can mediate the effects of COVID-19-related stressors on NH employees’ (N = 1,730) decision to resign. Results from path analyses indicate that higher quality of communication and more optimal preparedness mediated the relationship between COVID-19-related stressors and likelihood of resignation. Specifically, higher levels of COVID-19-related stressors were indirectly associated with reduced likelihood of resigning through the paths of more optimal communication and preparedness. Findings underscore the importance of effective employer communication during emergencies in NHs.