Job Experiences in Nursing Homes

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Welcome to the informational webpage for the USF research study: Job Experiences in Nursing Homes. This research study is being conducted by staff of the Harrell Center, located within the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, located in Tampa, Florida and is funded by the Sunshine Education and Research Center.

About The Study

Study Goals

Our research study seeks to explore the job and workplace experiences of personnel employed at nursing home facilities across the U.S. We are interested in the perspective of nursing home employees in varied positions. In particular, we are interested in your perception of safety related issues such as exposure to violence or verbal abuse from residents or co-workers. 

Findings from this study will be used to develop recommendations around issues of workplace safety in nursing home environments and will contribute to the development of protocols for a large national study on these issues. 

Participation in this study is not invasive and only involves your response to questions that will be asked via telephone or in-person interview. Interviews will last approximately one hour and will be scheduled for a time that is convenient for you.

Please note: Participation in this study is completely confidential and voluntary.
To ensure your anonymity, no identifying information will be used and participants are free to withdraw from study participation at any time.
Study information will NOT be shared with your employer.

Who we would like to speak with

We are seeking to recruit participants from a variety of occupational positions at nursing home facilities. In particular, we would like to speak with members of any of the following professions who have worked day, evening or night shifts at a nursing home for the past 6 months:

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  • Licensed Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Non-licensed Nurses, LPN’s, CNA’s, or Orderlies
  • Rehabilitative Specialists
  • Housekeeping
  • Dietary Support Specialists
In order to qualify for this study, potential participants must:
  • Be between 18 and 65 years of age.
  • Speak and understand English.
  • Be employed at a nursing home facility for at least the past six months.

Contact Information

If you, or someone you know, may be interested in participating in this study and you meet the eligibility criteria posted above, please contact:

Maggie Walsh
Project Coordinator
Phone: (813) 396-2312
Email: at

Please provide only your first name and a number where you can be contacted. If you do not reach us directly, we will follow up with you within 72 hours. At that time, the study will be explained in more detail, and you will be screened for eligibility.

Contacting us for additional information does not require you to participate in the study, and you may choose not to participate, or to withdraw at any time.

You may also contact the principal investigators of the study Carla VandeWeerd, Ph.D ( or Martha Coulter, DrPH ( at any time to discuss the study goals, study format, and/or your participation in the project.

The Potential Benefits of Study Participation

Participants who meet eligibility criteria and choose to participate in the study, will receive financial compensation in the form of a $25 Wal-Mart gift card.

Other benefits include participating in our understanding of how to develop safe workplace environments for other nursing home employees. Participants will be able to access the findings of this study by viewing the final report which will be posted on the web-site upon the study’s conclusion.

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