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Nursing Economic$: State of the Registered Nurse Workforce as a New Era of Health Reform Emerges
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December 6th, 2016 – By Jean Moore, DrPH, and Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D, RN, FAAN Upcoming
webinars on state level nursing data collection, analysis and dissemination will help
stakeholders better understand the major challenges facing the nursing profession
and the strategies used to support nursing workforce data collection, analysis and
dissemination. Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, The...
Social and health care changes put pressure on the profession September 8, 2016 Laurie
Larson Peter Buerhaus, R.N., a health care economist and a professor of nursing at
Montana State University, maintains a multifaceted research program analyzing nursing
workforce economics, forecasting nurse and physician supply, and determining public
and provider opinion on care delivery issues,...
Employment growth in hospitals settings especially strong On a national basis no apparent
surge in RN retirements observed New nursing workforce data for the second quarter
of 2016 show that, nationally, total RN employment grew by 135,00 full-time employees
(FTE). Going back two years earlier to the 2nd quarter of 2014, total RN employment...
February 24, 2016 – Center researchers Peter Buerhaus, David Auerbach and Douglas
Staiger have just published a new Data Watch article in the journal Nursing Economic$
titled, “Recent Changes in the Number of Nurses Graduating from Undergraduate and
Graduate Programs.” Summary: Since the 1970s, a number of initiatives have attempted
to increase the proportion of...
January 14, 2016 — MSU News Service New research by Montana State University professor
Peter Buerhaus and others has found that nurse practitioners are more likely than
medical doctors to practice in rural areas. The study is published in the January
issue of Medical Care, the Journal of the American Public Health Association. As part
of the study,...
January 6, 2016 – With Medicare enrollment and cost concerns growing, a new study
finds that patients with a nurse practitioner as a primary care provider are less
costly to Medicare than patients with a physician primary care provider. The study—the
first to examine national data—contradicts previous research suggesting that both
types of providers generate...
Reflections on Recent Trends in the Physician Assistant Workforce, A Guest Commentary by Jennifer Coombs
December 9, 2015 – Guest Commentary by Jennifer Coombs, Ph.D, PA-C Related to our
just published “Recent Trends and Characteristics of the Physician Assistant Workforce”
data brief, we have invited Jennifer Coombs, Ph.D, PA-C, to provide insight into the
trends and data we have shared. Physician Assistants (PAs) are expected to play an
increased role in health care...
The addition of new employment data for the 3rd quarter of 2015 obtained from the
Current Population Survey’s Basic Monthly files shows the full-time RN workforce is
nearly 3 million strong. Source: Authors’ analysis of Census Bureau’s Current Population
Survey If one were to look back 10 years ago to the 3rd quarter of 2005,...
Congratulations to Dartmouth Economist and Center faculty member Douglas Staiger on
his induction into the National Academy of Medicine! Read the full Dartmouth Release
By SEAN HIGGINS • 10/26/15 12:01 AM - Add registered nurses to the list of people
getting headaches from Obamacare. The new law is accelerating a push toward requiring
them to have higher-level education. Many nurses find that it isn’t easy to get a
job without a four-year degree, which traditionally they haven’t needed. “You do have
Modern Healthcare: Got enough nurses? Nurse groups cite Kentucky case to support push for staffing ratio laws
By Sabriya Rice | October 24, 2015 – Last March, a nursing assistant noticed a large
pressure ulcer on the backside of a patient needing intensive care at the Hazard (Ky.)
ARH Regional Medical Center. It was about 10 days after the patient had been admitted
for leg ulcers and complications related to diabetes and renal disease. Those...
Wall Street Journal: Job-Seeking Nurses Face Higher Hurdle as Hospitals Require More-Advanced Degrees
Growing demand for bachelor’s degrees comes partly in response to increasingly complex
health-care system By ANNA LOUIE SUSSMAN: Updated Oct. 14, 2015 4:02 p.m. ET Megan
Goodman was a dean’s list student at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences who served
on two student nursing boards before she earned her associate degree in nursing in
May. Center Director...
October 6, 2015 - BY KATIE LANNAN, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE As patients struggle to
access medical care at a time and place that fits into their lives, Massachusetts
laws laying out tasks that can be performed by nurse practitioners are among the country’s
most restrictive, health experts said Monday during an annual health care cost trends...
Are we really facing a doctor shortage? D.C. university launches new institute to answer that question
Congratulations to our colleagues at George Washington University on the announcement
of their new workforce center. We look forward to the excellent research to come and
opportunities to collaborate in the future! Full Article
September 21, 2015: News for the nation’s nursing workforce isn’t as dire as had been
predicted a decade ago, but the nation is still expected to be short of nurses in
coming years, according to new research by Montana State University nursing economist
Peter Buerhaus and other researchers. Ten and more years ago, economists had...
September 21, 2015: Two years ago, during a discussion that followed a presentation
I had given to a meeting of nurse educators, clinicians and administrators, a nurse
manager took the microphone and proclaimed, “All this talk about value – value based
purchasing, value based payment, value-based care delivery, value-based this, value-based
that – I wonder...
July 22, 2015: Last month the Center partnered with the National Forum of State Nursing
Workforce Centers to conduct a 3-day national conference titled “State of the Nursing
Workforce in an Era of Healthcare Reform: Data, Trends and New Collaborations” in
beautiful downtown Denver, Colorado. The conference brought together workforce researchers,
state policy makers and...
Just an announcement that our previously scheduled webinar about medical assistants
on May 6th has been rescheduled for May 27th! Head over to our events calendar for
VIDEO – WINCHESTER, Va. - A daylong event on Friday for nurses, researchers, and students
at Shenandoah University in Winchester examined the changing trends in healthcare,
particularly in nursing. “We are seeing more change, more challenge, but more opportunity
than any other decade that we’ve experienced in this country,” said Dr. Peter Buerhaus,
healthcare economist and professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University.
By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS -Male nurses make $5,100 more on average per year than female
colleagues in similar positions, researchers reported on Tuesday. The new analysis,
which included data on more than 290,000 registered nurses, also found that the pay
gap had not narrowed within workplace settings and specialties from 1988 to 2013.
The new study is...
By ERYN BROWN AND KAREN KAPLAN - When Linda Hippolyte first got into nursing, she
thought everyone at her hospital was paid based on their experience and education.
But when she got a peek at other nurses’ salaries at Parkview Community Hospital in
Riverside, she was in for a surprise. “You could really see the difference,” she said,
Approximately 40% of the nation’s three million registered nurses (RNs) completed
their nursing education through 2-year associate’s degree programs. Even before the
release of the 2010 Institute of Medicine’s report on The Future of Nursing that set
goals for 80% of RNs to attain a baccalaureate degree by 2020, some hospitals were
beginning to exhibit...
by Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, January 12, 2015 – Due to a familiar set of forces
– fears of physician shortages, an aging population, implementation of health reform
delivery and payment systems, expansion of insurance coverage – interest in increasing
the supply and the roles of nurse practitioners has grown rapidly. Policy makers,
Putting It All Together: A Summary of the Center’s Fall Webinar Series on Challenges and Issues Facing the Rural Health Workforce
December 30, 2014 – Throughout fall 2014, the Vanderbilt University Center for Interdisciplinary
Health Workforce Studies (The Center) presented monthly webinars focused on challenges
and issues facing the rural health care workforce. This focus grew out of a personal
experience in which I spent the month of May in Wyoming learning about rural health
December 11, 2014: For many years, we have reported on trends in employment, education
and demographic characteristics of the registered nurse (RN) workforce in the United
States. For the most part, data we analyze originates from three federal surveys:
the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN), the Current Population Survey
(CPS), and the American...
Sept. 17, 2014 – By Peter I. Buerhaus, Ph.D, RN, FAAN Not long ago, I was working
with a colleague on a project aimed at determining the areas in the U.S. that are
likely to be most impacted by the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance expansions
and to assess the capacity of the primary care workforce...
Older registered nurses are working longer than in the past, one reason that the nation’s
supply of RNs has grown substantially in recent years, according to a new study. Researchers
found that from 1991 to 2012, among registered nurses working at age 50, 24 percent
remained working as late as age 69. This compared to...
Please join us, as we partner with The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers,
to host their 2015 Annual Conference at The Grand Hyatt in beautiful downtown Denver,
Colorado. We anticipate this conference will be a powerful three-day event, bringing
together state level nursing workforce center efforts and leading researchers in the
field of nursing...