Cna Training Wins Hr Award
Growing Strong Roots: Peer Mentoring of CNAs to Enhance Retention and Care, in Albany, N.Y, took top honors in the 2005 Human Resources in Aging Awards competition, sponsored by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College, New York City. The Foundation for Long Term Care (FLTC) created Growing Strong Roots to assist long-term care providers, who are dealing with a staggering 71% annual national turnover rate of certified nurse aides (CNAs).
To adapt elements of existing peermentoring programs from around the country, Growing Strong Roots revised them and added new components, including administrator training, supervisor training, booster sessions, newsletters and a multisite evaluation. The program has a strong focus on helping new CNAs become part of the culture of caring within each facility.
"We call this project a peer mentoring system because it contains all the materials needed to start and maintain a program," said Carol R. Hegeman, director of research for the FLTC. Growing Strong Roots was evaluated in 11 diverse nursing homes. Research shows that nursing homes using the system increased their new CNA retention rates by 25%. A similar group of nursing homes not participating in the study showed an increase of only 10%. All nursing homes participating in the project improved their retention rates, some by as much as 41 %.
The program's replication materials include three comprehensive manuals and a CD-ROM supplying providers with all of the tools necessary to reduce turnover rates. …