Licensed nursing home administrator preparation and role variations

Elena O Siegel, Leehu Zysberg

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Nursing home administrators (NHAs) must be adequately prepared to ensure the delivery of high quality nursing home services. The authors interviewed 26 NHAs from a previous study in order to report on their perspectives regarding their education, training, and experience in preparation for their first licensed position. We also present an unexpected theme that emerged from the study findings, describing various ways the NHA position is operationalized across different organizational contexts, with implications for how NHAs are prepared. Two primary themes emerged: (1) the value attributed to specific education, training, or experiences varied across participants; and (2) the limited standardization of the NHA position, with distinctly different role structuring across different organizational contexts. The findings will be useful to NHAs seeking new employment as they consider how these organization-level variations will impact the way they function in their positions. In addition, the findings can inform directions for further research to examine NHA preparedness across settings as well as licensure requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-36
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Long-Term Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Leadership
  • Licensure
  • Management
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Nursing homes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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