Nursing Workforce Data in Idaho is gathered, analyzed and published through the collaborative efforts of the Idaho Board of Nursing, the Idaho Department of Labor, the Idaho Hospital Association, and the Idaho Alliance of Leaders in Nursing. Together, they are cooperatively committed to the achieving one of the goal of the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing to build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of interprofessional workforce data.
IALN is a member of the Forum of Nursing Workforce Centers which is a group of nurse workforce entities that focuses on addressing the nursing shortage within their states and contributes to the national effort to assure an adequate supply of qualified nurses to meet the health needs of the US population.
A number of Idaho nursing workforce related research is available including:
The Idaho Nursing Overview is a publication of the Idaho Department of Labor. The Idaho Nursing Overview was produced with collaboration from the Idaho Board of Nursing, Boise State University, Brigham Young University – Idaho, Carrington College, College of Southern Idaho, College of Western Idaho, Eastern Idaho Technical College, Idaho State University, College of Technology and School of Nursing, ITT Technical, Lewis-Clark State College, North Idaho College and Northwest Nazarene University. The Idaho Nursing Overview breaks down supply and demand data of the health care industry and nursing occupations independently and in detail. This Nursing Gap Report attempts to coalesce these findings and analyze the data collectively to identify existing and potential nursing workforce shortages and/or surpluses. Idaho Department of Labor economists analyzed these variables to determine the nursing workforce shortages and surpluses using statistical trends, supply and demand data, outside research outcomes and wage-record matching with the state Board of Nursing licensure database.
Idaho Board of Nursing : Licensure Database
The licensure database is the primary source of counts of nurses that populate the demand data. The data is collected during initial licensure and at renewal . The data captures the educational preparation and credentials of the licensed nurses as well as specific demographic information, including employment status and employment site, age and ethnicity, and retirement plans. License renewals are done every other year, with RN’s re-licensing in odd years, and LPN’s re-licensing in even years. (see appendix for specific data points)
Idaho Board of Nursing : Annual Report of Nursing Education Programs
The intent of this report is to verify that Idaho nursing education programs are operating at standards acceptable to the Board. The IBN has worked with the Idaho Department of Labor to put the annual survey in electronic form. The survey has been augmented with questions specifically intended to provide enhanced workforce data. This survey is the primary source of supply data from nursing education programs. The survey is done annually, in the Fall.
Idaho Department of Labor: Occupational Employment Wage Report
The intent of this report is to provide estimates of employment and wages for standardized occupations. It provides wage comparisons for nurses and nurse faculty, and is provided annually by the IDOL. The data is available both statewide and regionally.
Idaho Department of Labor: Cross match IDOL wage data with social security numbers
The intent of this report is to determine the employment status of licensed nurses and graduates, whether they are working in health care in Idaho. This information is collected from employers when they pay unemployment insurance tax. The wage records are available from the IDOL, the SSN’s are available through MOU’s established with the IBN and the schools of nursing. The data elements collected include information about employment in Idaho for a particular month or quarter, along with gross earning for that time period. The region of employment, industry and size of business are also captured.
In different years, different types of vacancy surveys have been used to provide information about nurse vacancies in Idaho. These include: Idaho Job Vacancy Survey (IDOL), Idaho Hospital Association Vacancy and Turnover Survey (IHA), American Health Care Association Survey of Nursing Staff Vacancy and Turnover in Nursing facilities.
In 2012, Nurse Leaders of Idaho conducted a survey CNO’s in Idaho to better understand the nursing workforce needs in acute care in Idaho. Questions about your hiring practice of new graduates, BSN prepared nurses, recruiting problems, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)hiring and practice, and future workforce preparation needs were asked. The purpose of this survey of chief nursing officers (CNO’s) in acute care across Idaho is to capture and report on trends that will aid workforce planning and decision making in practice and education.