An assessment of needs and interests for multicredentialed allied health workers in rural Wisconsin hospitals Public Deposited

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  • The study examined multicredentialed allied health workers in rural Wisconsin hospitals. The objectives identified differences in perceptions between rural allied health employers and employees regarding (1) allied health personnel shortages; (2) interest for multicredentialed allied health workers; (3) the educational preparation of rural multicredentialed allied health workers, and (4) factors affecting the utilization of rural multicredentialed allied health workers. An additional objective determined if existing credentialed allied health workers were interested in acquiring a second allied health credential. Data were collected by a 64-item instrument developed and validated using the DELPHI procedure. Sixty-nine percent of the research instruments were completed. Study hypotheses were tested with the F statistic at the .05 level. The Scheff4's test located significant differences between employers and allied health employees mean scores. The findings revealed no significant differences between the perceptions of rural hospital employers and allied health employees regarding the (1) existence of allied health shortages, and (2) utilization of multicredentialed allied health personnel. Significant differences existed between the perceptions of rural hospital employers and employees regarding (1) interest in multicredentialed personnel and (2) factors affecting the acquisition of additional education in another allied health career. The employer and employee group responses ranged from "don't know" to a "low level of agreement" with (1) use of multicredentialed allied health personnel and (2) factors facilitating and/or impeding the utilization of multicredentialed allied health employees, and (3) the educational preparation of existing credentialed allied health personnel for another allied health credential. Recommendations centered on identifying: (1) the nature and existence of allied health personnel shortages; (2) rural allied health personnel desirous of reentry into and/or retraining in another allied health area; (3) educational offerings relevant to rural health care needs and facilitating the upgrading and cross training of existing allied health workers in more than one allied health service area; (4) instructional delivery systems facilitating the re-education of employed allied health personnel and the educational requirements necessary to provide allied health services; (6) personnel management practices affecting horizontal and lateral career mobility, and (7) credentialing requirements affecting the occupational versatility and utilization of rural allied health personnel.
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