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Allied Health in Idaho. Linda C. Hatzenbuehler Dean, Kasiska College of Health Professions Idaho State University. What is “Allied Health”. All of those many professions that make up the health care workforce other than medicine, dentistry and nursing.

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allied health in idaho

Allied Health in Idaho

Linda C. Hatzenbuehler

Dean, Kasiska College of Health Professions

Idaho State University

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what is allied health
What is “Allied Health”
  • All of those many professions that make up the health care workforce other than medicine, dentistry and nursing.
  • More of the health care workforce is accounted for by the allied health professions than the other three professions combined.

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allied health as economic development

Allied Health as Economic Development

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u s health workforce 2004
U.S. Health Workforce, 2004

Health professions & Occupations

4.5 million other workers

4.2 million health professionals

8.6 million health professionals

Health service settings

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

september 25 2006 issue of business week
September 25, 2006 issue of Business Week
  • “Since 2001, the health-care industry has

added 1.7 million jobs. The rest of the private sector? None.”

  • Health care is big business and is a growth industry. (Aging Population!)
  • The fact is that in many areas of the U.S.,

health care is the economic engine driving growth and successful local economies.

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2006 oklahoma s governor s council for workforce and economic development
2006, Oklahoma’s Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development

By 2012 Oklahoma is expected to have a shortage of more than 3,000 nurses, 600 lab technicians, 400 physical therapists, 300 surgical technologists, and nearly 200 occupational therapists…

As one of Oklahoma’s most important industries, health care continues to be a key element in the state’s ability to recruit and retain new and expanding businesses…

In 2004, health care was the second largest employing industry in Oklahoma, comprising 14% of the state’s total employment.”

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north carolina
North Carolina
  • Through a variety of research activities, it has been shown that between 1990 and 2005, North Carolina lost 255,971manufacturing jobs, but gained 230,476 jobs in health care and social assistance.
  • Between 1999 and 2003,over 42% of total job growth in the health care sector was due to growth of allied health jobs.

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take home message 1
  • While nursing may be able to show the greatest number of existing or projected job vacancies since it is the largest health profession, many allied health professions have a greater percentage vacancy rate than does nursing. 

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health professions bureau of labor statistics bls projections national data
Health Professions Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Projections: National Data

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department of labor occupational supply demand system idaho data

Medical Assistants

Home Health Aides

Pharmacy Technicians

Physician Assistants


Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Workers

Dental Assistants

Employee Growth 04-14








Department of Labor Occupational Supply Demand System: Idaho Data

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idaho data cont d

Dental Hygienists

Dental Lab Technicians

Medical Appliance Technicians

Pharmacy Aides


Social & Human Services Assistant

Employee Growth 04-14


47.0 %





Idaho Data (Cont’d)

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idaho data cont d1

Medical Equipment Prepare

Occupational Health & Safety Technicians

Physical Therapist Aides

Physical Therapists

Registered Nurses

Employee Growth 04-14






Idaho Data (Cont’d)

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take home message 2 what needs to be done
TAKE HOME MESSAGE #2: What needs to be done?

How best to meet future needs is unmistakably tied to having good local and regional workforce data.

Increase awareness of the critical role allied health professions play in health care delivery.

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Missouri 2005 FTE Vacancy Rate Percentage

by Workforce Investment Area

Source: Missouri Hospital Association Annual Workforce Survey 2005 ( NOTE: There are 10 Workforce Investment Areas (WIA in Missouri. In the above table, WIA-X represents the WIA with the greatest percentage vacancy and WIA-Y represents the WIA with the smallest vacancy percentage. The actual WIA regions are:

Northwest; Northeast; Kansas City; West Central; Central; St. Louis;Southwest; Ozark; South Central; and, Southeast.

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idaho hospital association iha position survey 2006

Idaho Hospital Association (IHA) Position Survey 2006

38 Member Hospitals Participated

( ONLY hospitals)

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statewide rankings top 10 positions 1 highest concern
Statewide RankingsTop 10 Positions(1=Highest Concern)
  • 1 - Staff Nurse (RN)
  • 2 - Medical Technologist (ASCP)
  • 3 - Physical Therapist
  • 4 – Pharmacist
  • 5 - Respiratory Therapist (Registered)
  • 6 - ICU Nurse
  • 7 - Director of Nursing Services
  • 8 - Ultrasound Technologist
  • 9 - Housekeeper
  • 10 - Transition/Float Pool Nurse

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top 10 positions of concern northern idaho hospitals
Top 10 Positions of ConcernNorthern Idaho Hospitals
  • 1 - Physical Therapist
  • 2 - Staff Nurse (RN)
  • 3 – Pharmacist
  • 4 - Medical Technologist (ASCP)
  • 5 - ICU Nurse
  • 6 - Director of Medical Records (ART)
  • 7 - Medical Lab Technician (MLT)
  • 8 - Medical Records Coder
  • 9 - Respiratory Therapist (Registered)

10 - Director of Nursing Services

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top 10 positions of concern southwest idaho hospitals
Top 10 Positions of ConcernSouthwest Idaho Hospitals

1 - Staff Nurse (RN)

  • 2 - Medical Technologist (ASCP)
  • 3 - Transition/Float Pool Nurse
  • 4 - ICU Nurse
  • 5 - Ultrasound Technologist
  • 6 - Per Diem/PRN Nurse
  • 7 - Physical Therapist
  • 8 - Director of Nursing Services
  • 9 - Radiology Technologist (ARRT)

10 - Respiratory Therapist (Registered)

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top 10 positions of concern southeast idaho hospitals
Top 10 Positions of ConcernSoutheast Idaho Hospitals
  • 1 - Staff (RN)
  • 2 - Respiratory Therapist (Registered)
  • 3 - Medical Technologist
  • 4 - Social Worker I (MSW)
  • 5 – Pharmacist
  • 6 - Medical Records Coder
  • 7 - Physical Therapist
  • 8 - Licensed Practical Nurse
  • 9 - Housekeeper

10 - Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)      

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idaho hospital association 2006
Idaho Hospital Association 2006

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let s work together

Let’s work together!

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my problems as an academic dean program dynamics
Limited curriculum flexibility and sequential, often lock-step curriculum

Attrition; can’t replace students dropping out. Fortunately, few drop out!

Often numerous prerequisite courses

Different degree levels in some disciplines

Low student faculty ratios required by professional accrediting bodies.

Limited clinical placements

My problems as an Academic Dean: Program Dynamics

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enhanced planning criteria
Evidence and extent of workforce shortage across all health professions?

Why does shortage exist? low wages, demanding curriculum, no career advancement, workforce attrition, etc

National or local shortage?

Availability of clinical training sites

Geographic dimensions of shortage? Urban & rural? Efforts to distribute graduates?

Employment demand versus student demand

Cost effectiveness of class size

Curriculum delivery alternatives

Enhanced Planning Criteria

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Linda C. Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D., ABPP

Dean, Kasiska College of Health Professions

Box 8090

Idaho State University

Pocatello, Idaho 83201

208 282 3992

[email protected]

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