Overview

On the following pages are highlights of findings to date and descriptions of the numbers of responses to questions asked by the Health Workforce Sentinel Network, including by facility type, geography, and an overall summary of responses by question.To see findings from Sentinels’ responses to questions, click on “Findings” above and select “Findings by Facility Type” or “Findings by Geographic Region”.

Click here to see the questions asked of Sentinels.

Highlights of Findings To Date

The Sentinel Network supports efficient and effective health workforce preparation and deployment by identifying emerging health workforce demand signals and trends and rapidly disseminating information to education, training and policy partner who can take action based on findings.

As summaries of findings are prepared, they will be added to this page.

Response Counts by Facility Type
Facility Type Number of Responses
Skilled nursing facility 17
Licensed Home Health Care Agency (Medical) 15
Home Care Agency (Non-Medical Homemaker/Companion, Personal Care Agency) 11
Higher Education / Research 8
Licensed Hospice Agency 8
Acute care hospital 7
Other 7
Primary care medical clinic, federally qualified health center (FQHC) or community clinic 5
Specialty medical clinic 5
Long term care facility (not a skilled nursing facility or LTAC) 4
Medical/diagnostic laboratory 4
Behavioral-mental health clinic/outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinic 3
Long Term Acute Care Facility (LTAC) 3
TOTAL 97
Response Counts by Facility Type for each Geographic Region

Note: Each facility could serve clients/patients in more than one county, which is why the totals in the chart below are greater than the totals in the table above.

Response Counts for Geographic Regions

Note: Each facility could serve clients/patients in more than one county, which is why the totals in the chart below are greater than the totals in the table above.

Rural/Urban Distribution by Facility Type

Use the green filters to:

  1. Select the question to show.
  2. Select the facility type(s) to show.

This shows the number of respondents from each facility type who answered “Yes” to the selected question (orange) and the number who answered “No” (grey). The top section shows the total for all selected facility types. The bottom section shows the counts for individual facility types.

Response Rates for Each Question by Facility Type and Data Collection Period

Percent of reported occupations with workforce changes, by facility type and data collection period

Use the dropdown menu to select the facility types you would like to view. Move your cursor over the orange or gray bars to see the number of “Yes” or “No” responses for each question by facility type and data collection period.

Interpretation: This chart tabulates the number of occupations reported to have experienced workforce demand changes by facility type and data collection period. Multiple occupations could be reported for each facility type which means the totals shown below will be different from the totals shown in the tables and graphics above. For example, the “Response Counts by Facility Type” table above indicates that there were 7 responses from Sentinels representing acute care hospitals in the first data collection period. Each of these Sentinels indicated the occupations that experienced workforce demand changes in the 6 months before the response date. These occupations were pooled into a set of occupation-level responses representing all of the occupations reported to have experienced workforce demand changes across all 7 acute care hospitals. If you move your cursor over the orange bar in the acute care hospital row and the “Occupations with Exceptionally Long Vacancies” column above, this shows that there were 43 occupation-level responses from the 7 acute care hospitals in this data collection period. For 40 of these occupation-level responses (93%), the respondent answered “Yes”, indicating that there was an exceptionally long vacancy in the 6 months preceding data collection for the selected occupation.

Conclusion: The percentage of occupation-level responses that were reported to experience workforce changes (as indicated by the length of the orange bars) was relatively high for the exceptionally long vacancies, increased demand and retention/turnover questions; was lower for the orientation/onboarding and training questions; and was rare for the decreased demand and new roles questions across all facility types and data collection periods. In other words, the pooled set of occupation-level responses for each facility type had a higher percentage of “Yes” responses for the exceptionally long vacancy, increased demand and retention/turnover questions than for the other questions.