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How Have Mandated Nurse Staffing Ratios Impacted Hospitals? Perspectives from California Hospital Leaders

In 2004, California became the first state to implement minimum-nurse-staffing ratios in acute care hospitals. We examined the wages of registered nurses (RNs) before and after the legislation was...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman, Joanne Spetz, Jean Ann Seago, Jennifer Kaiser, Catherine Dower, Carolina Herrera
Date: Oct 2009

Forecasts of the Registered Nurse Workforce in California 2009

This report presents supply and demand forecasts for the Registered Nurse (RN) workforce in California from 2009 through 2030. These forecasts are based on data from the 2008 California Board of...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: Sep. 29, 2009

IT Implementation in a Rural Hospital: A Cautionary Tale

An increasing number of hospitals are implementing electronic medical records and other information technology (IT), and national policy is focused on fostering expansion of these systems. In...

Author(s): Dennis Keane, Joanne Spetz
Date: Sep 2009

Can a Four-Dimensional Model of Occupational Commitment Help to Explain Intent to Leave the Emergency Medical Service Occupation?

Using a sample of 854 emergency medical service (EMS) respondents, this study supported a four-dimension model of occupational commitment, comprised of affective, normative, accumulated costs, and...

Author(s): Gary Blau, Susan A. Chapman, Robert Pred, Andrea Lopez
Date: Sep 2009

Do Wages Matter? A Backward Bend in the 2004 California RN Labor Supply

Using data from the 2004 California Board of Registered Nursing Survey, a two-stage least-square equation was estimated to examine the effect of wages on hours worked by female registered nurses....

Author(s): Charlene Harrington, Martin Kitchener, Jean Ann Seago, Joanne Spetz, Michelle Tellez
Date: Aug 2009

Evaluation of the Centralized Clinical Placement System (CCPS) and the Centralized Faculty Resource Center (CFRC)

Nursing schools have reported a lack of clinical placement sites and insufficient numbers of qualified nursing faculty as two of the prominent barriers to expansion of their nursing programs. The...

Author(s): Renae Waneka, Joanne Spetz, Jennifer Kaiser
Date: Aug. 01, 2009

California Board of Registered Nursing 2008 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, Carolina Herrera
Date: Jul 2009

Career Programs for California’s Pipeline of Secondary Students: An Opportunity to Address the State’s Workforce Shortages

The study examined health career programs for the state’s pipeline of secondary students. It revealed a broad range of program structures, including academy models, Regional Occupational Centers and...

Author(s): Sharon Christian, Susan A. Chapman
Date: Jul 2009

The Utilization of Medical Assistants in California’s Licensed Community Clinics

Medical Assistants (MAs) play a key role as clinical support staff in California’s licensed community clinics. This issue brief examines patterns in community clinic utilization of MAs over the...

Author(s): Tim Bates, Susan A. Chapman
Date: Jul 2009

2008 Survey of Registered Nurses

The 2008 Survey of California Registered Nurses is the sixth in a series of surveys designed to describe licensed nurses in California and to examine changes over time. Other studies were completed...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Dennis Keane, Carolina Herrera
Date: Jun. 23, 2009