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NIOSH training DVD focuses on stress

A new DVD program from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) describes workplace factors that can create or exacerbate worker stress and suggests practical measures for reducing job-related stress through changes in work organization. Working With Stress is the first NIOSH training and educational video program on the topic of workplace stress. It is a companion program to the 1999 NIOSH document, Stress . . . At Work.

The DVD is designed to be a working resource for employers, human resources managers, occupational health and safety professionals, workers, educators, and others. It combines authoritative information with an easy-to-understand, viewer-friendly presentation.

The program is also available in videocassette format, if requested. Working With Stress is available at no charge by contacting Roger Wheeler, NIOSH-TV (C-12), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226. E-mail:

MHHP tool examines health care vacancies

The Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership (MHHP) has created a slide presentation on the state’s health care work force shortage, including recent statistics and projections on the supply and demand for registered nurses. For example, the Minnesota Department of Economic Security reported 6,821 vacancies statewide for technical health care positions in second-quarter 2002, including 2,934 RN vacancies. It also reported 5,207 vacancies for support positions, led by 2,284 vacancies for certified nursing assistants. In fourth-quarter 2002, the state had a total of 3,260 RN vacancies. MHHP projects that shortage will double to 7,122 RNs by 2008.

The "Minnesota Work Force 2002" presentation can be accessed at Once on the site, click on "Workforce," then "Tools You Can Use."

HRSA funds health work force studies

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded more than $1.9 million to fund 11 projects supporting work force research, analysis, and technical assistance at the state, regional, and national levels. The projects will examine work force issues in medicine, nursing, dentistry, allied health, public health, pharmacy, and mental health.

The awards, announced Oct. 29, were given to the University of California in San Francisco, State University of New York Health Research Inc., University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, University of Texas in San Antonio, University of Washington in Seattle, and Wausau (WI) Health Foundation.

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