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Regional Forecasts of the Registered Nurse Workforce in California

In most regions of California, there is now a shortage of registered nurses, and shortages will grow over the next 25 years. This report presents forecasts of supply and demand for RNs in regions of...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: Aug. 01, 2006

Can the Use of LPNs Alleviate the Nursing Shortage?

LPNs may be able to help fill some of the gaps caused by the nursing shortage, but little research has been conducted on the demographic characteristics of LPNs, their education and scope of practice...

Author(s): Jean Ann Seago, Joanne Spetz, Susan A. Chapman, Wendy Dyer
Date: Jul 2006

The Personal Assistance Workforce: Trends in Supply and Demand

The workforce providing noninstitutional personal assistance and home health services tripled between 1989 and 2004, according to U.S. survey data, growing at a much faster rate than the population...

Author(s): H. Stephen Kaye, Susan A. Chapman, Robert Newcomer, Charlene Harrington
Date: Jul. 01, 2006

College Students’ Perceptions of Nursing: A GEE Approach

The nursing shortage has stimulated renewed attention to understanding factors that may enhance the recruitment of students into nursing programs and the retention of registered nurses in the...

Author(s): Jean Ann Seago, Joanne Spetz, Dennis Keane, Kevin Grumbach
Date: May. 01, 2006

The Nursing Shortage: Is It Really About Image?

A poor public "image" of the nurse is believed to contribute to nurse shortages. We surveyed more than 3,000 college students in science and math courses in a seven-county region of California's...

Author(s): Andrew Alvarado, Kevin Grumbach, Dennis Keane, Jean Ann Seago, Joanne Spetz
Date: Apr 2006

Do Physicians Always Flee From HMOs? New Results Using Dynamic Panel Estimation Methods

OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of changes in relative health maintenance organization (HMO) penetration on changes in the physician-to-population ratio in California counties when changes in the...

Author(s): Timothy Brown, Janet M. Coffman, Brian Quinn, Richard Scheffler, Douglas Schwalm
Date: Apr. 01, 2006

The Need for More Research on Language Barriers in Health Care: A Proposed Research Agenda

Many U.S. residents who speak little English may face language barriers when seeking health care. This article describes what is currently known about language barriers in health care and outlines a...

Author(s): Elizabeth Jacobs, Alice Chen, Leah Karliner, Niels Agger-Gupta, Sunita Mutha
Date: Mar 2006

An Aging U.S. Population and the Health Care Workforce: Factors Affecting the Need for Geriatric Care Workers

As the U.S. experiences a rapid aging of the nation's population, with the number of Americans age 65 and over doubling between 2000 and 2030, the demand for long-term care will rise significantly....

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman, Marina Dronsky, Robert J. Newcomer, Charlene Harrington, Kevin Grumbach
Date: Feb 2006

How Can Employment-Based Benefits Help The Nurse Shortage?

During a labor shortage, employment-based benefits can be used to recruit and retain workers. This paper provides data on the availability of benefits to registered nurses (RNs), reports on how...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Sara Adams
Date: Feb. 01, 2006

California’s Minority Majority and the White Face of Nursing

Of the 33 million people in California, the nation's most populous state, minority groups now constitute the majority of the population. Many sources predict that by 2060, the entire country will...

Author(s): Jean Ann Seago, Joanne Spetz
Date: Dec 2005