The Emergency Care Workforce in the United States
As part of a broader study on the future of emergency care in the U.S. health system, the Institute of Medicine commissioned the Center to develop a report on the emergency care workforce. This paper reviews the composition of the workforce in emergency care in the U.S.; describes the educational background and relevant experience of the physicians, nurses, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians, and other providers of emergency care; and examines a wide range of workforce issues. Given the projected increases in projected demand for emergency medical care services in the U.S., several professions could potentially face shortages, including registered nurses, board-certified emergency medicine physicians, and emergency medical technicians. The paper is available on the Center’s website. Download report.
New York Registered Nursing Graduations, 1996-2007
To better understand trends affecting the supply of registered nurses (RNs) in New York, the Center surveys RN education programs in the state annually. The survey includes questions on applications, acceptances, and graduations as well as an assessment of the local nursing job market. The 2005 survey found that RN graduations across the state continued to rise, but a greater number of programs were turning away an increasing number of qualified applicants. For the full report of 2005 survey findings, download report.
Residency Training Outcomes in New York State, 2005
The Center conducts a biennial survey of all physicians completing a residency or fellowship training program in the state so it can provide up-to-date information on the demand for physicians and on outcomes of training in New York. Overall, the job market for new physicians at both the state and national levels continues to be good. There were significant differences in the job market experiences and assessments for different specialties. Demand for primary care physicians continues to be weaker than demand for non-primary care physicians, although the gap has decreased in recent years. Download report.
The Home Care Provider Workforce in New York
In an effort to learn more about home care workforce issues and impacts of worker shortages on emergency preparedness, the Center surveyed all home care agencies in New York on emergency planning activities and on workforce recruitment and retention. Home care providers across the state reported having emergency plans that were linked with local government emergency planning efforts. While agencies were confident in staff ability to handle most emergency situations, there was concern about staff capability to respond to large scale disasters. Agencies statewide indicated that registered nurses, personal care aides, and home health aides were the occupations most difficult to recruit and retain. The full report is available on the Center’s website. Download report.
Works in Progress…
New York Hospital Nurse Survey
The Center is conducting a survey of RNs who work in New York hospitals to learn more about issues that impact on their retention. The survey collects basic demographic data as well as information about job satisfaction, training needs, and future plans. The goals of the study are three-fold:
- To better understand the characteristics of hospital-based RNs, including their demographics, employment history, and education;
- To identify the factors that contribute to hospital-based RN satisfaction and to identify the strategies that could encourage them to stay; and
- To determine whether hospital-based RNs are interested in becoming either preceptors or adjunct faculty and to identify the most significant facilitators or barriers to becoming preceptors or faculty.
To date, more than 20 hospitals are participating in this survey and additional hospitals have expressed interest in participating. A report of survey findings will be released in December. For more information, contact Robert Martiniano at 518-402-0250 or email@example.com.
Public Health Workforce Enumeration Study
The Center is surveying the local public health workforce in New York, with a goal of gaining a better understanding of the public health workforce, not only in terms of size and composition, but also responsibilities. Survey results will help to quantify differences in staffing at local health departments and detail the extent to which these staffing variations are related to the types of services provided or to the availability of workers within the local labor market. This study will identify the training needs of the public health workforce, based on roles and responsibilities, rather than titles. In addition, the study will also consider future plans of the current public health workforce to learn more about departures from local agencies as well as exits from public health professions. This study can provide information to better target resources available to assure an adequate supply of well-trained public health workers in local health departments. For more information, contact Sandra McGinnis at 518-402-0250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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