Registered Nursing Graduations in New York State, 1996-2006
To better understand trends affecting the supply of registered nurses (RNs) in New York State, the Center surveys RN education programs in the state annually. The survey includes questions on applications, acceptances, and graduations for the current year as well as projected graduations through 2006. The survey found that RN graduations across the state are rising, but many programs are at full capacity. A report of 2004 survey findings can be found at: http://www.chwsny.org/index.php?nurse_grad.
California Physician Workforce: Supply and Demand through 2015
The Center for Health Workforce Studies recently completed a study of physician supply and demand in California through 2015 for the University of California. With its historical reliance on importing physicians from other states, California may experience more difficulty in their efforts to recruit physicians as other states in light of the predicted national shortage of physicians over the next 20 years. The analysis indicates that between 2002 and 2015 growth in physician demand in California is likely to outpace growth in physician supply by between 4.7% and 15.9%. Consequently, California is likely to face a physician shortage in 2015. The findings of this study are incorporated in a broader report on future health professions workforce needs issued by the University of California that can be found at: http://www.ucop.edu/hss/.
The Public Health Workforce: a Six State Case Study
The Center for Health Workforce Studies recently completed a study of the public health workforce for the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). A major goal of this study included an assessment of the adequacy of the supply of public health workers in relation to the demand for them. The study focused on governmental public health agencies at the state and local levels and particularly on public health physicians, dentists and nurses as well as workers with formal public health training. This study documented the difficulty experienced by the public health system in recruiting the workers it needs. In addition, many of these workers lack formal public health training and in many instances, this training is either not affordable or accessible to them.
The full report of this study can be found on HRSA’s website:
Nurse Practitioner Professional Practice Index
Wing P, O’Grady ET, and Langelier MH. “Changes in the Legal Practice Environment of NPs, 1992 to 2000.” The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners 9, 2 (February 2005): 25-37.
This article summarizes the findings of a national study that documented changes in the legal practice environment for nurse practitioners (NPs) between 1992 and 2000. It describes a new NP Professional Practice Index (NP-PPI) for 2000 that more accurately reflects current practice environments than a previous index developed in 1992. In addition it examines relationships between the new NP-PPI scores for each state and the number of NPs, the number of physicians, and access to care for underserved populations.
Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index
Wing P, Langelier MH, Continelli TA, and Battrell A. “A Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index (DHPPI) and Access to Oral Health Status and Service Use in the US.” Journal of Dental Hygiene, Forthcoming, Spring 2005.
This article summarizes the findings of a national study that developed a statistical Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index that defines the professional practice environment of dental hygienists (DHs) in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition it reports the extent to which the index scores are correlated to the number of DHs and dentists, the utilization of dental services, and selected oral health outcomes across the 50 states.
Works in Progress…
The Role of Schools of Public Health in Addressing State and Local Public Health Agency Workforce Needs
The Center, under a contract with the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, is conducting a study to assess the role of schools of public health and other public health education programs in addressing public health workforce needs. This study, scheduled for completion in late 2005, will explore the adequacy of formal public health training in preparing graduates for service in public health agencies; the role of these schools and programs in providing continuing education to the public health workforce, and the barriers to effective working relationships between these schools and state and local health departments. For more information see: http://www.chwsny.org/index.php?ph_schools.
Survey of Home Care Agencies in New York State
The Center, with support from the Home Care Association of New York State, is conducting a statewide survey of all certified and licensed home care agencies in the state in order to better understand their workforce needs. While it is widely recognized that the recruitment and retention of home care workers is a pressing issue for these agencies, there is little data available to systematically document the extent of the problem or to estimate the resources that would be required to address these problems. As a follow-up to this survey, the Center plans to conduct in-depth interviews with a small number of home care agencies to collect more detailed information on their recruitment and retention issues. Survey results are expected to be released in July.
New York State Resident Exit Survey
The Center is pleased to announce plans to conduct an Exit Survey of Physicians Completing Training in New York State in 2005. Conducted annually from 1998 to 2003, the survey has been re-established as a biannual collaborative effort with teaching hospitals across the state to collect vital information on new physicians. The survey is supported in part by funding from the Association of American Medical Colleges Center for Workforce Studies. The primary goal of the exit survey is to assist the medical education community in New York State in its efforts to train physicians consistent with the needs of the state and the nation. The Center will issue a report of survey results that includes detailed outcomes of residency training by specialty as well as an index of relative demand for more than 25 specialties. The 2005 report is expected to be released in the fall. For more information see: http://www.chwsny.org/index.php?nys_exit.
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