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Nursing in a Transformed Health Care System: New Roles, New Rules

Although the supply of nurses is likely to meet overall demand, the nature of a nurse’s job is changing dramatically. In redesigned health care systems, nurses are assuming expanded roles for a broad...

Author(s): Erin Fraher, Joanne Spetz, Mary Naylor
Source: Penn LDI
Date: Jun. 26, 2015

Positioning Medical Assistants for a Greater Role in the Era of Health Reform

Medical assistants (MAs) are one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States. As of 2014 there were about 585,000 MAs in the United States, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman, Angela Marks, Catherine Dower
Date: Jun. 13, 2015

Future Demand For Long-Term Care Workers Will Be Influenced By Demographic and Utilization Changes

A looming question for policy makers is how growing diversity of the US elderly population and greater use of home and community-based services will affect demand for long-term care workers. We used...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Laura Trupin, Tim Bates, Janet M. Coffman
Date: Jun. 01, 2015

Entry and Exit of Workers in Long-Term Care (webinar)

This webinar presents findings from a recent study conducted by the Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care at the University of California, San Francisco, on the job transitions of long-...

Author(s): Bianca Frogner, Joanne Spetz
Date: May. 20, 2015

Too Many, Too Few, or Just Right? Making Sense Of Conflicting RN Supply and Demand Forecasts

Forecasts of future supply and demand of health professionals are tools to guide policy, not a final statement about how the world will be in the future. Recent forecasts of RN supply and demand vary...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: May. 08, 2015

Preparing the Next Generation of Health Center Leaders: The Experience of the Clinic Leadership Institute's Emerging Leaders Program

Since its launch in 2008, the Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders Program (the Program) has been at the forefront of efforts to cultivate the leadership pipeline in California’s community...

Author(s): Informing Change
Date: May. 01, 2015

Medical Laboratory Technicians in California: Lessons from the Field

Licensed Medical Laboratory Technicians, or MLTs, are a relatively new occupation in California. In 2002, California legislation authorized the creation of the MLT job category (SB 1809) and...

Author(s): Lisel Blash, Catherine Dower, Susan A. Chapman
Source: Healthforce Center at UCSF
Date: Apr. 22, 2015

Defining Competencies for Education in Health Care Value: Recommendations from the University of California, San Francisco Center for Healthcare Value Training Initiative

Leaders in medical education have increasingly called for the incorporation of cost awareness and health care value into health professions curricula. Emerging efforts have thus far focused on...

Author(s): Christopher Moriates, Daniel Dohan, Joanne Spetz, George F. Sawaya
Date: Apr. 11, 2015

How Many Nurse Practitioners Provide Primary Care? It Depends On How You Count Them

This study compares different approaches to measuring the number of nurse practitioners (NPs) providing primary care services using data from the 2012 U.S. National Sample Survey of Nurse...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Erin Fraher, Yin Li, Tim Bates
Date: Apr. 08, 2015

Survey of Nursing Employers in California, Fall 2014 


This report summarizes the findings from a survey of general acute care (GAC) hospital employers of registered nurses (RNs) in California conducted in fall 2014. This is the fifth annual survey of...

Author(s): Tim Bates, Lela Chu, Joanne Spetz
Date: Apr. 08, 2015