Nursing enrollment relatively weak in 2013, says AACN survey

Enrollment in entry-level bachelor's degree nursing programs climbed 2.6 percent in 2013 when compared with that of 2012, the lowest increase in five years, according to survey data released by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Among the reasons for the lackluster growth, according to the 720 nursing schools that participated in the survey, was a shortage of faculty and of clinical education sites. In addition, preliminary AACN data show that 53,667 qualified applications were turned away from 610 entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs in 2013, according to a news release. At the same time, nursing schools with master's programs reported a 4.4 percent increase in enrollment while doctor of nursing practice program enrollment rose by 21.6 percent in the same period.

Health reform boosting demand for APNs and PAs in Wisconsin

Wisconsin health care providers are increasingly in the market to hire advanced practice nurses and physician assistants, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association's "Wisconsin's Health Care Workforce 2013 Report." The vacancy rate for those kinds of clinicians was 7.6 percent, while for all other hospital workers the vacancy rate was at least below 6 percent. "Evidence is mounting that the predicted shortage of primary care physicians is being partially addressed by incorporating [advanced practice professionals] into hospitals and clinics," according to a WHA release.

Health IT pros getting pay raises

A survey of health information technology professionals showed that the average salary among the respondents climbed 4.1 percent in 2013, while 71.6 percent received an increase, according to data from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's 2013 compensation survey. The average salary among respondents who answered that portion of the survey was $113,000 and the median salary was $95,000, according to HIMSS. Bonuses were paid to 46.8 percent of respondents, the median being 3 to 4 percent.