ERIC Number: ED468939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan-15
Reference Count: N/A
The Health Care Labor Shortage: Report of the Health Care Labor Shortage Work Group.
Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
A work group consisting of representatives of public agencies, education, the health care industry, and unions and professional associations was formed to examine education and training issues related to the shortage of health care workers in Washington state. The group concluded that the shortage of available workers in many health care occupations across Washington is seriously jeopardizing the availability and quality of health care for the state's residents and is undermining the vitality of one of the state's largest industries. The group drafted eight objectives and 30 enabling strategies and submitted them for state and local policymakers' consideration. The identified objectives were as follows: (1) increase the number of students in training for health care occupations; (2) increase opportunities for clinical training; (3) remove barriers to training for current health personnel; (4) recruit diverse populations into the health care profession (including diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, age, and disability); (5) increase the availability and retention of qualified health care faculty; (6) increase young peoples' awareness of opportunities in health care and awareness of the math and science requirements; (7) enable local communities to address health care shortages; and (8) provide innovative leadership for solving health care labor shortages. (Contains 14 endnotes.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Health Care, Change Strategies, Cultural Pluralism, Delivery Systems, Demand Occupations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Employment Practices, Faculty Mobility, Government Role, Health Occupations, Health Personnel, Job Training, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Labor Turnover, Outreach Programs, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Recruitment, Role of Education, Secondary Education, State Action, Statewide Planning
For full text: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/HealthCareReport.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington