Psychological and Structural Burdens and Nursing Home Administrator Turnover Intentions During the COVID-19 Pandemic. By: Nelson, H. Wayne; Yang, Bo Kyum; McSweeney-Feld, Mary Helen; Jerome, Gerald J. and Barry, Theresa "Teta". 2024. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Vol. 43 Issue 6, p706-715.

The COVID-19 pandemic created challenges for U. S. nursing home administrators (NHA) and staff. This study explored organizational and psychological factors associated with NHA stress, dissatisfaction, and turnover intent (TI) during the third year of the pandemic. Results from a nationwide, cross-sectional survey of 1139 NHAs were merged with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services nursing home survey deficiency, staffing, complaint, and other operations data. A hierarchical, generalized estimating equations model with ordered logit link found that NHAs with higher COVID stress (AOR = 1.65, 95% CI = 1.22, 2.23), higher use of agency/contract staff (AOR = 1.50, 95% CI = 1.08.2.09) and higher role conflict were more likely to indicate TI. NHAs with higher job satisfaction in workload, work content, and rewards were less likely to hold TI. Industry leaders should create strategies to reduce NHA’s job stress and role conflicts and provide opportunities for improving staff recruitment and retention, reducing reliance on agency staffing.