How Did State Governor Directives Change Healthcare Workforce Flexibility in Response to COVID-19?

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic created significant surges in patients and shortages of medical staff , supplies, and space. In times of heightened population health needs, the health workforce must have the ability to respond quickly and efficiently without legal restrictions. This webinar examines governor-issued executive orders that expanded scope-of-practice or reduced regulatory barriers…

Does Variation in State Nursing Education Regulations Matter?

There are many factors that contribute to the variability in quality of nursing education programs. While most research has focused on program variations that contribute to differences in National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rates, less is known about how state level policies impact nursing program quality. This article describes a study that analyzed associations…

A Website Assessment of Interprofessional Education at Newly Established Medical Schools

Current guidelines recommend that medical education programs provide robust, interprofessional education to all health professions students. However, the extent to which newly established medical schools live up to the recommendations set for interprofessional education is not well understood. This abstract describes a study that analyzed information from the websites of newly established medical schools to…

State Responses to Address Workforce Needs in the Initial Wave of the Pandemic

States responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a variety of approaches to ensure adequate health workforce capacity as well as strategies to expand access to care for needed services. In order to better understand pandemic issues and challenges faced by states as well as strategies they used to address them, the Health Workforce Technical Assistance…

Who Is Allowed To Administer COVID-19 Vaccines? The List Is Growing

Since health professionals began administering 2 FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020, the rollout has encountered several challenges and failed to meet initial targets for total vaccinations provided. The current health workforce has been identified as one possible bottleneck for distributing the vaccine, prompting a general call to authorize as many health care professionals to…

Emergency Vaccinator Policies for COVID-19

The Emergency Vaccinator Policies for COVID-19 is an interactive tool that displays temporary, emergency state policies authorizing specific professions to provide the COVID-19 vaccine. These policies expand on the types of personnel authorized to provide the COVID-19 vaccine beyond physicians, advanced practice nurses, and other traditional clinicians. It is important to note that this tool…

The Use of Medical Scribes in Primary Care Settings: A Literature Synthesis

Clerical burdens have impacted primary care providers that are already facing changes to the healthcare landscape and workforce shortages. These pressures have negative implications for patient care and result in burnout and job dissatisfaction. Medical scribes have emerged as a solution to reduce clerical tasks and negative perceptions of patient/provider interactions associated with the use…

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