New York Physician Profile
The Center for Health Workforce Studies has released its annual report, The Supply and Distribution of Physicians in New York, 2006. The profile is based on an analysis of responses to an ongoing re-registration survey of licensed physicians in the state. The report documents changes in the distribution of physicians in New York. While the overall supply of physicians grew by 5% between 2001 and 2005, some regions saw declines in their number of patient care physicians. The Finger Lakes and Western New York regions experienced declines of 6% and 10%, respectively, in their physician supply over that time period.
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The Health Care Workforce in New York, 2005
The Center monitors health care employment patterns as well as other indicators of the supply and demand for health workers by occupation and setting in the state and produces an annual report of the analysis and key findings. The most recently completed report examines trends in the state’s health care workforce for 2005. Health care workers comprised a growing share of New York’s workforce and health sector employment continued to grow faster than all other employment sectors in the state. Health care providers statewide reported persistent problems recruiting and retaining registered nurses as well as an increasing number of other workers in health occupations.
Preliminary Findings from a Survey of New York Hospital Registered Nurses
This report summarizes preliminary findings of a 2006 survey of registered nurses who primarily worked in hospitals in the greater New York City metropolitan area. The report details their basic demographic characteristics as well as information about employment, job satisfaction, training needs, and future plans. The goal of this study is to provide timely information to key stakeholders about the hospital RN workforce in New York that will assist in efforts to plan for future nursing needs. Hospitals began to survey their RNs in June 2006 and all surveying will be completed by spring 2007. The analysis for this report was based on 1,238 survey responses from 22 participating facilities received by September 1, 2006.
Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses: A Pilot Study
The Center, in collaboration with Ascension Health, conducted an enumeration survey of parish nurses/faith community nurses (FCNs) primarily affiliated with Ascension Health in order to better understand the growing cohort of FCNs. The study found that the vast majority of FCNs served as volunteers and more than two-thirds were older than age 55. FCNs reported that chronic disease was the most common health issue facing the congregations they served.
Paul Wing, Deputy Director of the Center, and Margaret Langelier, Senior Research Associate, have had two articles about nuclear medicine technology accepted by the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology. The first summarizes the findings from a 2005 national sample survey of nuclear medicine technologists (NMT), and the second summarizes the findings from a 2006 survey of the NMT education program directors. The surveys are part of a larger study of the nuclear medicine workforce being conducted by the Center under a contract with the Society of Nuclear Medicine. The articles can be found at: http://www.snmjournals.org.
Jean Moore, the Director of the Center, was asked to join the editorial board of the online journal Human Resources for Health, for an initial term of three years. The journal was developed by the Department of Human Resources for Health of the World Health Organization in recognition of the need for a journal where researchers, in both developed and developing countries, can publish the results of their work in the area of human resources for health. The journal can be found at http://www.human-resources-health.com.
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