Who hires social workers? Structural and contextual determinants of social service staffing in nursing homes

January 25, 2017


  • Amy Restorick Roberts
  • John R. Bowblis

Although nurse staffing has been extensively studied within nursing homes (NHs), social services has received less attention. The study describes how social service departments are organized in NHs and examines the structural characteristics of NHs and other macro-focused contextual factors that explain differences in social service staffing patterns using longitudinal national data (Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports, 2009–2012).

Health & Social Work, 42(1), doi:10.1093/hsw/hlw058


  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Workforce Issues