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Baccalaureate Education in Nursing and Patient Outcomes

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of registered nurse (RN) education by determining whether nurse-sensitive patient outcomes were better in hospitals with a higher...

Author(s): Mary Blegen, Colleen Goode, Shin Hye Park, Thomas Vaugh, Joanne Spetz
Date: Nov. 01, 2013

Scope-of-Practice Laws for Nurse Practitioners Limit Cost Savings that can be Achieved in Retail Clinics

Retail clinics have the potential to reduce health spending by offering convenient, low-cost access to basic health care services. Retail clinics are often staffed by nurse practitioners (NPs), whose...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Stephen Parente, Robert Town, Dawn Bazarko
Date: Nov. 01, 2013

Policy Solutions to Address the Foreign-Educated and Foreign-Born Health Care Workforce in the United States

Foreign-educated and foreign-born health workers constitute a sizable and important portion of the US health care workforce. We review the distribution of these workers and their countries of origin...

Author(s): Peggy Chen, David Auerbach, Ulrike Muench, Leslie Curry, Elizabeth Bradley
Date: Nov. 01, 2013

Affordable Care Act of 2010: Creating Job Opportunities for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations

The health care industry has been an engine of job growth, and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) is expected to stimulate further growth. Over the next decade, the health care sector could add 4....

Author(s): Bianca Frogner, Joanne Spetz
Date: Oct. 17, 2013

The Diversity of California’s Registered Nursing Workforce – 2013 Update

Multiple data sources were analyzed to provide detailed information about the diversity of California’s registered nurse workforce and to develop projections of future diversity.

Author(s): Renae Waneka, Joanne Spetz
Date: Oct. 09, 2013

California Board of Registered Nursing 2012 Survey of Registered Nurses

The biennial California Survey of Registered Nurses provides information about the demographics, education, and employment of registered nurses in the state.

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Dennis Keane, Lela Chu, Lisel Blash
Date: Oct. 06, 2013

Medical Assistants in California: Legal Scope of Practice

This summary covers current (as of Sept 2013) scope of practice for medical assistants (MAs) in the state of California. In California, MAs are unlicensed personnel who work in physician (MD),...

Author(s): Catherine Dower
Source: Healthforce Center at UCSF
Date: Sep. 23, 2013

Is a Baccalaureate in Nursing Worth It? The Return to Education, 2000-2008

OBJECTIVE: A registered nurse (RN) license can be obtained by completing a baccalaureate degree (BSN), an associate degree (AD), or a diploma program. The aim of this article is to examine the return...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Tim Bates
Date: Sep. 15, 2013

Creating a Dashboard to Track Progress Toward IOM Recommendations for the Future of Nursing

This article explains the process used to identify and develop a set of data used to track national progress toward the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine Committee for the Future of...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Tim Bates, Lela Chu, Jessica Lin, Nancy Fishman, Lori Melichar
Date: Aug. 10, 2013

Using Minimum Nurse Staffing Regulations to Measure the Relationship Between Nursing and Hospital Quality of Care

This study tests whether changes in licensed nurse staffing led to changes in patient safety, using the natural experiment of 2004 California implementation of minimum staffing ratios. We calculated...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, David Harless, Carolina-Nicole Herrera, Barbara Mark
Date: Aug. 01, 2013