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Peer Providers Uniquely Positioned to Support Long-Term Recovery of People with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults experience mental illness in a given year; yet our health care system does not have enough behavioral health workers to meet...

Author(s): Susan Chapman, Lisel Blash, & Joanne Spetz
Date: May 17, 2018

More Nurses with Bachelor's Degrees Required to Meet Future Health Care Needs

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM, now part of the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine) released a report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” which...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: May 3, 2018

CIN Connections, Spring 2018: Healing the Healers

The California Improvement Network’s latest report, CIN Connections: Healing the Healers, features actionable information to tackle provider burnout and promote well-being at health care...

Date: April 20, 2018

2017 Survey of Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives

This study of California nurse practitioners (NPs) and certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) was conducted in early 2017. In November 2016, there were 20,337 NPs living in California, of whom 569 also were...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Lisel Blash, Matthew Jura and Lela Chu  
Date: April 11, 2018

Survey of Nurse Employers in California, Fall 2017 (2018)

This report summarizes the findings from a survey of general acute care hospital employers of registered nurses (RNs) in California conducted in fall 2017. This is the eighth annual survey of...

Author(s): Lela Chu,  Joanne Spetz and Timothy Bates
Date: April 9, 2018

New Survey Finds that California Needs More Highly Skilled and Experienced Nurses

As the registered nurse (RN) baby boomers retire, there is a need for more highly skilled and experienced nurses in California, according to a new survey published by Healthforce Center at UCSF and...

Author(s): Lela Chu, Joanne Spetz and Timothy Bates
Date: April 9, 2018

Community-Based Palliative Care Leader Perspectives on Staffing, Recruitment, and Training

This qualitative descriptive study assesses perspectives of US community-based palliative care program leaders on staffing, recruitment, and training. Leaders from academic medical centers, large...

Author(s): Nancy Dudley, Susan Chapman and Joanne Spetz
Date: Apr 2018

California's San Joaquin Valley Faces Nurse Shortfall

While the demand for registered nurses (RNs) in California’s San Joaquin Valley is projected to grow by more than 35 percent by 2030, the region’s total number of RNs will decline. This will result ...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Janet Coffman and Timothy Bates
Date: March 26, 2018

California Peer Providers in Transitions of Care

This study explored care models and policies that enhance the utilization of peer providers in California and to identify and describe best practices in peer support roles and practices for...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman, Lisel Blash, Joanne Spetz
Date: March 16, 2018

Federally Qualified Health Centers Reduce the Primary Care Provider Gap in Health Professional Shortage Counties

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) were designed to provide care in medically underserved areas and substantial and sustained federal funding has accelerated FQHC growth. This report examines...

Author(s): Ying Xue, Elizabeth Greener, Viji Kannan, Joyce A. Smith, Carol Brewer, Joanne Spetz
Date: February 13, 2018