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Resources by Topic: Nurses

The Health Care Workforce: Addressing Shortages and Improving Care
Testimony in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions on May 22, 2018. Examines the growing problem of healthcare shortages in rural areas and the response by the federal government. Also explores how well healthcare professionals are being trained and why they choose the geographical areas where they work. Focuses on shortages of physicians, nurses, and professionals specializing in care of older adults.
Additional links: Testimony by Elizabeth A. Phelan, Testimony by Julie Tanner Sanford, Testimony by Kristen H. Goodell
Author(s): Kristen Goodell, Julie Sanford, Elizabeth Phelan
Date: 05/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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Rural Post-Acute Care: Healthcare Leaders Offer Practical Solutions to Workforce Challenges
Describes methods for preparing and supporting healthcare workers who provide post-acute care in rural areas. Highlights programs that empower and train staff, maximize community partnerships, involve community health workers, and use telemonitoring.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Transition Nurse Program
Podcast discusses access to care and the role of nurse-led care transitions serving rural veterans. Features Dr. Heather Gilmartin, Dr. Bob Burke, and Lynette Kelley, RN, in conversation about their experience with the program.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Virginia's Registered Nurse Workforce: 2017
An overview of the registered nurse (RN) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2017 Registered Nurse Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of RNs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia's Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce: 2017
An overview of the licensed practical nurse (LPN) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2017 Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of LPNs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas of Virginia.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Wisconsin Health Care Workforce 2017 Report
Reports data, analysis, and recommendations on the current trends and future projections of the Wisconsin healthcare workforce. Discusses future models of care to address rural areas hit by workforce shortages, specifically a new rural residency program in obstetrics and gynecology to train and provide care to women in rural Wisconsin.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Hospital Association
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North Dakota Nursing Facility Workforce Survey Chartbook: 2016
Analyzes the survey results from 78 nursing facility chief executive officers in North Dakota. Describes characteristics of the nursing facility workforce. Includes rural versus urban comparisons for multiple measures, such as registered nurse (RN) vacancy rates, number of nurse full-time equivalents (FTEs), level of difficulty in filling staff positions, most important problem in recruiting RNs, and many others.
Author(s): Gary Hart, Robin Besse, Mandi-Leigh Peterson
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Minnesota’s Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce, 2015-2016
Presents a summary of the 2015-2016 LPN Workforce Survey for the state of Minnesota. Includes data and statistics for demographics, employment rates and future plans, and geographic distribution in rural versus urban areas.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Indiana: Nursing Workforce
Presents a snapshot of data pertaining to policy issues in the registered nurse (RN) workforce at the state and federal levels. Features demographic data on gender, race and ethnicity, and education, and county-level statistics on distribution of RNs in Indiana, with breakdowns by population density and rurality.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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Veterans Health Administration: Actions Needed to Better Recruit and Retain Clinical and Administrative Staff
Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Health and the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs detailing the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) challenges in attracting, hiring, and retaining top healthcare talent, including in rural locations. Also discusses the VHA's capacity to perform key human resources functions and makes recommendations for future improvements.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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