ERIC Number: ED343646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Allied Health Occupations in New Mexico: A Survey of Current and Five-Year Projected Need, 1989-1994.
McLaughlin, James L.; And Others
In 1989, the Health Occupations Advisory Committee surveyed health care agencies throughout New Mexico about their current and planned employment needs in nursing and allied health fields. The survey was mailed to approximately 500 hospitals, county health offices, outpatient and long-term care facilities, employment agencies, practice groups, and other institutions employing allied personnel. Study findings, based on a 25% response rate, included the following: (1) employment needs were and were expected to remain most pressing in the field of nursing, with the greatest need being for nurse assistants, followed by associate degree nurses, bachelor's degree nurses, and licensed practical nurses; (2) in the allied health fields, training areas appeared most critical for home health aides, physical therapists, emergency medical technicians at all levels, radiologic technicians, radiologic technologists, medical secretaries, unit clerks, medical technologists, laboratory technicians, and respiratory therapists; and (3) physical therapy assistant and occupational therapy assistant were two positions with more than twice as many openings projected in 5 years as there were currently licensed practitioners. Attached tables present: (1) current vacancies and the 5-year projected need; (2) a comparison of current and projected need to those already licensed; and (3) the need partitioned between Albuquerque and the rest of New Mexico. The survey instrument is also included. (JSP)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations, Allied Health Occupations Education, Community Colleges, Demand Occupations, Educational Needs, Employment Opportunities, Employment Projections, Labor Needs, Needs Assessment, Nurses, Nursing Education, Paraprofessional Personnel, Postsecondary Education, State Surveys, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Dona Ana Branch Community Coll.
Identifiers: New Mexico