States that Conduct Employer Demand Surveys of RNs

Health care organizations and leaders need timely data about the demand for workers in their regions in order to develop education policy, recruitment strategies, and create long-term workforce development plans. One approach to collecting such data is to conduct surveys of health care employers, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and community health centers. The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers has recommended that states regularly survey employers, and has developed a basic set of questions that should be asked in such surveys. Relatively few states have conducted employer surveys.

To support states interested in collecting data from nurse employers on the demand for nursing personnel, UCSF has collected information about the data collection strategies being used by states. This “toolkit” includes links to survey questionnaires, reports, and contact information for state leaders who can help others develop their own data collection strategies.

If you would like your state to be included in this resource, or have corrections to the information provided here, please email Lela Chu at lela.chu@ucsf.edu or Joanne Spetz, PhD, FAAN, at joanne.spetz@ucsf.edu.

State: California

Organizations involved: Funded by: Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Patient Care Services and Kaiser Permanente Nurse Scholar Academy, California Board of Registered Nursing: Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), HealthImpact, Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC)

Lead organization: UCSF

Roles: UCSF fields a survey of chief nursing officers, focused on their perceptions of the labor market, expectations for hiring and the characteristics of new graduate training programs. HASC conducts a survey of human resources directors, focused on staffing data, current headcounts, new hires, separations, and vacancies. HealthImpact conducts a survey of new graduates on employment status, employment settings, and reasons for unemployment.

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Federal (VA and IHS), General acute care hospitals

Frequency of Surveys: Annually

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2009

Contact Name: Joanne Spetz

Contact Phone: 415-502-4443

Contact Email: joanne.spetz@ucsf.edu

Questionnaire:

http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/2014Employe...

Report:

http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/CaliforniaEmployerReport

State: Florida

Organizations involved: The survey is fully administered by the FL Center for Nursing. Relevant professional / member organizations are asked to support the effort and encourage participation.

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals, Long-term care facilities, Skilled nursing facilities, Home health agencies, Other employer(s)

"Other" Employer(s) Surveyed: Public Health Departments, Psychiatric Hospitals

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

Frequency of Surveys: Biennially

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: Since 2007

Contact Phone: 407-823-0980

Contact Email: NurseCtr@ucf.edu

Questionnaire: Included in report

Report: http://www.flcenterfornursing.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download...

State: Idaho

Organizations involved: Idaho Alliance of Leaders in Nursing, Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho Board of Nursing, Boise State University Center for Health Policy

Lead organization: Boise State

Roles: This initiative was part of a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to explore barriers to practice for advanced practice RNs (APRNs) in Idaho. Hence, it was a survey of APRN employers. The employers that were surveyed came from an initial survey sent to all APRNs in Idaho. The grant came to IALN, which awarded a sub-grant to Boise State University. The IBN authored the outreach letters and supplied the database of APRNs, and the IDL was involved in data cleaning and merging data with employment records.

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals, Community clinics / FQHCs, Other employer(s)

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal, Federal (VA and IHS), General acute care hospitals, Psychiatric Hospitals, Other short-term specialty hospitals (orthopedic, heart, etc.), Rehabilitation hospitals, Other

"Other" Hospitals Surveyed: Hospitals that employed APRNs

Frequency of Surveys: This was a one time survey in 2013

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2013 (one-time survey)

Contact Email:

Questionnaire: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Idaho.docx

Report: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Idaho.pdf

State: Indiana

Organizations involved: Indiana Center for Nursing (with contracted assistance from the Florida Center for Nursing since this will be our first one

Lead organization: Indiana Center for Nursing

Roles: The process for the initial Nursing Demand Survey in Indiana was modeled from the work previously done by the Florida Center for Nursing.

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals, Long-term care facilities, Skilled nursing facilities, Community clinics / FQHCs, Home health agencies, Other employer(s)

"Other" Employer(s) Surveyed: Schools of Nursing, Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, Mental Health Acute Care and Clinics, Public Health Departments

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

Frequency of Surveys: First survey conducted in 2014, with plans to do the survey every two years

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2014

Contact Name: Kimberly Harper, MS, RN

Contact Phone: 317-574-1325

Contact Email: kharper@ic4n.org

State: Iowa

Organizations involved: Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL)

Roles: IONL annually survey nurse executives from hospitals on nursing workforce issues

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: General acute care hospitals

Frequency of Surveys: Annually

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: At least since 2010

Contact Name: Laura Malone

Contact Phone: 515-283-9360

Contact Email: malonel@ihaonline.org

Questionnaire: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Iowa_Form.pdf

Report: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Iowa.pdf

State: Kansas

Organizations involved: Promoting Nursing Education in Kansas, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Implementation Program Grant Recipient. Promoting Nursing Education in Kansas is a sub-group of the Kansas Action Coalition. The Kansas Action Coalition is a grassroots initiative to implement the eight recommendations in the 2011 Institute of Medicine's report: Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. It is a statewide initiative represented by nurses and non-nurses from diverse healthcare settings.

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals, Other employer(s)

"Other" Employer(s) Surveyed: County public health departments

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

Frequency of Surveys: One-time survey in 2013

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2013 (one-time survey)

Contact Name: Jon Teel, Kansas Action Coalition Program Manager

Contact Phone: 913-945-9256

Contact Email: jteel@kumc.edu

Questionnaire: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Kansas__PH_... http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Kansas_KHA_...

Report: http://www.kansasactioncoalition.com/uploads/1/6/5/8/16583712/rn_workfor... http://www.kansasactioncoalition.com/uploads/1/6/5/8/16583712/ks_health_...

State: Maryland

Organizations involved: Maryland Hospital Association

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

Frequency of Surveys: Annually

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2008

Contact Name: Rachel Schaaf

Contact Phone: 443-561-2038

Contact Email: rschaaf@mhaonline.org

Questionnaire: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Maryland-fu...

Report: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Maryland.pdf

State: Montana

Organizations involved: Montana Office of Rural Health & Area Health Education Center (AHEC); Montana Hospital Association

Lead organization: Montana Hospital Association

Roles: The Montana Office of Rural Health & AHEC coordinates the Montana Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) grant that focuses on increasing the number of BSN prepared nurses to 80% by 2020. Staff from the Montana Hospital Association and Board of Nursing also help work on the APIN project. The Nurse Employer survey was conducted by the Montana Hospital Association in order to collect baseline data on nurse hiring policies and preferences of Montana hospitals. The survey was conducted via telephone interviews.

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

"Other" Hospitals Surveyed: Interviewed CEOs of both Critical Access and Non Critical Access Hospitals

Frequency of Surveys: Every 2 years

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: Fall 2013

Contact Name: Kailyn Dorhauer

Contact Phone: 406-994-7709

Contact Email: kailyn.dorhauer@montana.edu

Questionnaire: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Montana_for...

State: New Jersey

Organizations involved: The New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals, Long-term care facilities, Home health agencies

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

Frequency of Surveys: Only one was conducted

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2013

Contact Name: Margaret Henbest

Contact Phone: 208?367-1171

Contact Email: mhenbest@nurseleaders.org

Questionnaire: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/New%20Jerse... http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/New%20Jerse...

State: New Mexico

Organizations involved: NM Center for Nursing Excellence

Lead organization: I would say jointly NM APIN Grant/NM Nursing Education Coalition and the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence

Roles: Part of the APIN Grant.

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals, Long-term care facilities, Skilled nursing facilities, Home health agencies

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

Frequency of Surveys: One-time survey in 2012

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2012 (one-time survey)

Contact Name: Sandra Stewart

Contact Phone: 505-889-4518

Contact Email: sstewart@nmnursingexcellence.ort

Questionnaire: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/New%20Mexic...

Report: http://www.nmnec.org/uploads/FileLinks/933875ef41ef4474b4e844f09423bbef/...

State: New York

Organizations involved: Healthcare Association of New York State [http://www.hanys.org/] Greater New York Hospital Association [http://www.gnyha.org/] Center for Health Workforce Studies [http://chws.albany.edu/] Western New York Healthcare Association [http://wnyha.org/] Rochester Regional Healthcare Association [http://rochesterregionalhealthcare.org/] Iroquois Healthcare Alliance [http://www.iroquois.org/] Suburban Hospital Alliance [http://www.normet.org/hospital-alliance-nys.htm]

Lead organization: Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)

Roles: Roles: HANYS leads coordination of data collection and collaborates with all other organizations/alliances who then conduct surveys with their member organizations (i.e. hospitals and health systems are members). The Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) does the data analysis. HANYS publishes collective data and other organizations distribute/share data with their respective members. CHWS also publishes other data on various healthcare workers.

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals, Other employer(s)

"Other" Employer(s) Surveyed: Larger health systems that may include hospitals, long-care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, community facilities, etc.

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

Frequency of Surveys: Annually

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2007

Contact Name: Deborah Elliott, MBA, BSN, RN

Contact Phone: 518-456-7858

Contact Email: delliott@fnysn.org

Report: http://www.hanys.org/workforce/survey/reports/2014_nursing_allied_workfo...

State: North Dakota

Organizations involved: ND Center for Nursing

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals, Long-term care facilities, Skilled nursing facilities, Other employer(s)

"Other" Employer(s) Surveyed: Home Health and Clinics have not been surveyed for several years and no plans to do them in the future

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

Frequency of Surveys: Approximately every two years, depending on funding and need. Initially conducted annually, and then biennially.

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2002

Contact Name: Patricia Moulton

Contact Phone: 701-365-0408

Contact Email: patricia.moulton@ndcenterfornursing.org

Questionnaire: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/North%20Dak...

Report: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/North%20Dak... http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/North%20Dak...

State: Oklahoma

Organizations involved: Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center (OHCWC) and Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA)

Lead organization: OHCWC

Roles: OHCWC designed the survey instrument and determines occupations to be included and methodology used for analysis. OHCWC also drafts any summaries/reports based on survey results. OHA distributes the survey to its members, collects/inputs survey results, and distributes results to its constituents.

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Federal (VA and IHS), Other

"Other" Hospitals Surveyed: Hospitals that are members of the OHA which includes almost all hospitals in the state.

Frequency of Surveys: Annually

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2008

Contact Email:

Questionnaire: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Oklahoma.xlsx

State: Oregon

Organizations involved: Oregon Center for Nursing

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals, Skilled nursing facilities, Home health agencies, Other employer(s)

"Other" Employer(s) Surveyed: Public Health Hospice Agencies

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

Frequency of Surveys: As funding allows; approximately every 5 years

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2005

Contact Name: Kelley Ilic

Contact Phone: 503-305-4732

Contact Email: ilic@up.edu

Report: http://oregoncenterfornursing.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2011-Nurses...

State: South Carolina

Organizations involved: SC Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis andPlanning and the Office of Healthcare Workforce Research for Nursing, the SC Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the SC Center for Nursing Leadership

Lead organization: SC Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning which the Office for Nursing is part

Roles: The lead organization develops the survey, distributes to SCONL for review and then SCONL assists in promoting the completion of the survey

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals, Other employer(s)

"Other" Employer(s) Surveyed: in the future we want to add the other sites

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

Frequency of Surveys: Annually

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2008

Contact Email:

State: Texas

Organizations involved: The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies administers the nurse staffing studies (we have 4 independent surveys). We do have task forces comprised of a number of stakeholders who help provide feedback on the survey instrument, reports, and assist with encouraging facilities to respond. These task forces vary from survey to survey because we try to use experts from the different settings to help provide guidance on the project. Information on the organizations/experts involved is available in the appendices of the individual projects.

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals, Long-term care facilities, Skilled nursing facilities, Home health agencies, Other employer(s)

"Other" Employer(s) Surveyed: Governmental public health agencies

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: General acute care hospitals, Children’s hospitals (short-term), Psychiatric Hospitals, Other short-term specialty hospitals (orthopedic, heart, etc.), Rehabilitation hospitals

Frequency of Surveys: Every two years.

Contact Name: Pamela Lauer

Contact Phone: 512-776-6723

Contact Email: Pamela.Lauer@dshs.state.tx.us

Questionnaire: Questionnaires available on website: Hospital survey reports-http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/chs/cnws/Hospital-Survey-Reports/Health and Hospice and Long Term Care Survey Reports-http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/chs/cnws/Home-Health-and-Hospice-and-Long-Te... Texas Governmental Public Health Nurse Staffing Study-http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/chs/cnws/TGPHNSS-Reports.shtm

Report: All of our reports are available on our website. 2014 reports will be posted soon: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/chs/cnws/Npublica.shtm

State: Utah

Organizations involved: The Utah Medical Education Council is currently conducting a nursing workforce report for the state (Utah). This report includes a demand component. The demand portion (survey) has not been administered at this time.

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals, Long-term care facilities, Skilled nursing facilities, Community clinics / FQHCs, Home health agencies

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

Frequency of Surveys: TBD.

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2014

Contact Name: Richard Campbell

Contact Phone: 801-526-4550

Contact Email: rcampbell@utah.gov

Questionnaire: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Utah.docx

Report: These reports should be available by the end of 2015. See Utahmec.org for updates.

State: Vermont

Organizations involved: AHEC Office of Nursing Workforce has done it in the past.

Lead organization: AHEC Office of Nursing Workforce

Roles: We are part of the Future of Nursing Vermont Action Coalition and did a recent telephone survey about demand for nurses. The Governor's Advisory Committee on Health Care Workforce is also working on demand modeling which will include nursing.

Types of Employers Surveyed: Hospitals, Skilled nursing facilities, Community clinics / FQHCs, Home health agencies, Other employer(s)

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

Frequency of Surveys: None since 2009

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2003

Contact Name: Mary Val Palumbo

Contact Phone: 802-656-0023

Contact Email: mpalumbo@uvm.edu

Questionnaire: Home Health: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Vermont_Hom... Hospital: http://rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/rnworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Vermont_Hos...

Report: http://campaignforaction.org/state/vermont for most recent telephone survey

State: Washington

Organizations involved: Washington State Employment Security Department

"Other" Employer(s) Surveyed: For our job vacancy and hiring survey, we included all establishments covered by the state's unemployment-insurance system with the exception of private households and the public administration industry sector.

Types of Hospitals Surveyed: Non-federal

Frequency of Surveys: The survey was conducted twice yearly--spring and fall--until discontinued after the spring 2014 survey due to lack of dedicated funding.

When Employer Demand Surveys Began: 2003

Contact Name: Cynthia Forland

Contact Phone: (360) 407-4503

Contact Email: cforland@esd.wa.gov

Questionnaire: https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/reports-publications/occupati...

Report: https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/reports-publications/occupati...