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A Closer Look at Health Care Workforce Needs in the West: Oral Health Care

The development of the future oral health care workforce is a central focus of WICHE, which has a long history of partnering with states to improve access to dental and other professional training...

Author(s): Elizabeth Mertz
Date: Oct. 08, 2008

How Many Nurses Per Patient? Measurements of Nurse Staffing in Health Services Research

Objective: To compare alternative measures of nurse staffing and assess the relative strengths and limitations of each measure. Data Sources/Study Setting: Primary and secondary data from 2000 and...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Nancy Donaldson, Carolyn Aydin, Diane Brown
Date: Oct. 01, 2008

Respiratory Care and Imaging Technology in California: Education's Response to Workforce Shortages

One of the many challenges facing America’s health care system has been securing sufficient numbers of practitioners to fill jobs and meet patient needs. Allied health professions particularly hard...

Author(s): Vincent Lok, Catherine Dower
Date: Oct 2008

Job and Industry Turnover for Registered and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Most studies of nurse turnover focus on job turnover, which could reflect nurse advancement and thus not be detrimental to the workforce. The authors discuss findings from a study that involved 2...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Jordan Rickles, Susan A. Chapman, Paul Ong
Date: Sep 2008

Collecting Health Workforce Data in California

For the first time, the Legislature has charged the state’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development with establishing a clearinghouse of data about California’s health care workforce....

Author(s): Catherine Dower, Jennifer Kaiser
Date: Sep 2008

Diversity in California's Health Professions: Physical Therapy

California has become one of the most racially and ethnically diverse states in the country, and is projected to become even more so in the coming decades. This issue brief is one in a series of...

Author(s): Tim Bates, Susan A. Chapman
Date: Sep 2008

Diversity in California’s Health Professions: Registered Nursing

Concern over the lack of diversity in California’s RN population has been raised by educators, nursing leadership, private foundations, and policy makers. This issue brief is one in a series of...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman, Renae Waneka, Tim Bates
Date: Sep 2008

Diversity in California's Health Professions: Pharmacy

California has become one of the most racially and ethnically diverse states in the country, and is projected to become even more so in the coming decades. This issue brief is one in a series of...

Author(s): Tim Bates, Susan A. Chapman
Date: Aug 2008

Health Workforce Needs in California and the Role of Community Colleges (Sacramento, CA)

The trend of increasing demand for health -- and especially allied health workers -- in CA is projected to continue. This presentation takes a closer look at the data as related to employment, income...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: Aug. 01, 2008

Nurses Working Outside of Nursing: Societal Trend or Workplace Crisis?

The phenomenon of career inactivity in professional nursing has been historically portrayed in the literature as a major cause of disequilibrium in the registered nurse labor market. However, there...

Author(s): Lisa Black, Joanne Spetz, Charlene Harrington
Date: Aug. 01, 2008