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May 15, 2012

Need for Nurses and Health Care Professionals Expected to Increase

New Study Highlights Increase in Workforce and Demand

ALBANY, N.Y. - With major state and federal health care delivery reform underway, New York State providers expect a continued need for more nurses and other health care professionals, according to 2012 Nursing and Allied Health Care Professionals Workforce Survey Report, a new publication by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA).

"This report highlights the need for the training and recruitment of health care professionals, to ensure that communities across New York State are prepared for an increased demand for health care services in the coming years," said HANYS President Daniel Sisto.

To meet the expected increase in need for services, more than half of the hospital respondents anticipate growth in demand for health care professionals, with 52% indicating the expected need for registered nurses (RNs), 57% for nurse practitioners (NPs), and 56% for physician assistants (PAs). Sixty-one percent of respondents indicated that nurse managers were very difficult to recruit.

The 2012 Nursing and Allied Health Care Professionals Workforce Survey Report also found NPs and PAs were more difficult to recruit upstate than downstate, but 61% of hospitals across the state indicated that nurse managers were "very difficult" to recruit. Overall, the most difficult allied health care professionals to recruit continue to be clinical lab technologists, medical coders, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.

The survey was conducted by HANYS and GNYHA, in collaboration with Western New York Healthcare Association, Rochester Regional Healthcare Association, Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, Northern Metropolitan Healthcare Association, Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, and the State University of New York Center for Health Workforce Studies.

Questions?

William Van Slyke - (518) 431-7770

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing 500 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other health care organizations.

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