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Resources by Topic: Nurses

Staffing Hurdles Chip Away at Access to Care
Summarizes the results of a survey of rural hospital leaders between March 2-April 15, 2022. Explores how rural hospitals are navigating COVID-19 vaccination mandates and the continued impact of nurse staffing shortages on the delivery of care. Discusses drivers of nurse turnover at rural hospitals.
Author(s): Michael Topchik, Troy Brown, Melanie Pinette, Billy Balfour
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Chartis Center for Rural Health
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Growth and Decline in Selected Healthcare Occupations Active in the South Carolina Workforce: 2009/10 - 2019/20
Data brief showing how the number of licensed health professionals actively practicing within South Carolina changed statewide and in the state's rural and urban counties. Features statistics for nurses and physician assistants between 2010-2020 and for all other professions between 2009-2019.
Author(s): Katie Gaul
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium
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COVID-19 Vaccine Education Effort
Video series addressing the efficacy and safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, targeted to specific audiences including healthcare providers and rural residents. Covers safety, availability, cost, side effects, vaccine administration, patient education, and more.
Additional links: Partner Toolkit, Vaccine Education - Rural Audience
Date: 06/2022
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: Ad Council, COVID Collaborative
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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Hospital and Outpatient Clinician Workforce: Challenges and Policy Responses
Describes hospital and outpatient clinician healthcare workforce shortages and maldistribution both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the pandemic on the mental and physical health of the workforce. Provides an overview of federal interventions to support the healthcare workforce during the pandemic. Includes discussion on challenges specific to rural communities.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Palliative Care for Rural Growth and Wellbeing: Identifying Perceived Barriers and Facilitators in Access to Palliative Care in Rural Indiana, USA
Presents findings from interviews with 15 palliative care providers regarding access to palliative care in rural Indiana. Identifies barriers to and facilitators of palliative care access in rural Indiana.
Author(s): Nasreen Lalani, Yun Cai
Citation: BMC Palliative Care, 21(1), 25
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
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Insights on Educating the Rural Nursing Workforce with Jan Probst
An episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast featuring Dr. Jan Probst, who shares insights on the rural nursing workforce. Shares findings from her research and also covers recent issues impacting the education of the rural nursing workforce, including COVID-19.
Date: 02/2022
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Using Machine Learning to Identify Factors Associated with Practice Location of the Healthcare Workforce
Results of a study applying machine learning techniques to identify factors predicting the decision of physicians, nurses, dentists, and pharmacists to practice in a rural area. Uses data sets collected by the Utah Medical Education Council in 2014, 2016, and 2017. Features statistics with breakdowns by rural and non-rural location.
Author(s): Jerry Bounsanga, Martin S. Lipsky, Eric S. Hon, et al.
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 22(1), 7050
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
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Nebraska Center for Nursing 2022 Biennial Report
Provides data on Nebraska's registered nurse (RN) and licensed practical nurse (LPN) workforce, including county-specific supply and rural and urban distribution by age group, race/ethnicity, education level, and employment setting. Projects the expected nursing workforce growth through 2025 by region and includes the anticipated nursing shortage for each region.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Center for Nursing
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2021 Missouri Nursing Workforce Report
Presents an overview of the nursing workforce in Missouri, using data from nurses who held active licenses in Missouri as of October 1, 2021. Provides demographics and statistics on advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses, with breakdowns by metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural areas.
Author(s): Bridget Murphy, Jill Lucht, Eric McDavid, et al.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Missouri State Board of Nursing
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Arizona Health Workforce Profile: Direct Care Workers (DCWs)
Brief examining the direct care workforce in Arizona, including a breakdown of home health and personal aides, Nursing Assistants, and Licensed Practical Nurses by small, medium, and large counties. Uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook and the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.
Author(s): B. Koch, S. Coates, C. Drake, D. Derksen
Date: 2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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