Organizational Learning and Motivation in Certified Nurse Aides: A Qualitative Study


Nursing, Learning, Certified Nurse Aides


Organizational learning is linked to improved outcomes in health care settings. In long-term care facilities, the unique position and expertise of certified nurse aides (CNAs) are crucial for excellent resident care, thus is it important to understand their sources of motivation. However, CNA motivation has not been adequately studied. The current qualitative descriptive study explored sources and implications of CNA motivation, particularly as it relates to engaging in organizational learning. Twenty-four CNAs working in a state Veteran's home were interviewed. CNAs described their sources of motivation as: I'm a Natural Caregiver, Support From Administration, Working as a Team, Love for Residents, and Self-Care. When motivated, CNAs had more positive attitudes about their work, a higher level of engagement with residents, a stronger drive to accomplish extra tasks, and less desire to quit. Engaging CNAs in organizational learning may provide an opportunity to motivate CNAs and optimize their unique position and expertise to improve resident care.

Original Publication Citation

Lyman, B., Biddulph, M. E., & George, K. C. (2021). Organizational learning and motivation in certified nurse aides: A qualitative study. Research in Gerontological Nursing. 14(5), 255-263.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

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Research in Gerontological Nursing





University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor