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Abstract

Changes in health care delivery are affecting the manpower needs of the health care industry. The two research questions in this study examined one aspect of the manpower changes: the current use and future need for multiskilled manpower. The study sample represents 40 percent of all licensed acute care hospitals in Iowa under 100 beds for a total of 38 hospitals. Frequency tables and percentages were used to portray the number of small hospitals that were currently assigning manpower to multiple skills. All hospitals were found to be currently using some personnel as multiskilled workers. Registered nurses were most frequently given multiskilled assignments and respiratory therapy was the most frequent skill assigned interdepartsnentally. Seventy-nine percent of the respondents indicated they would use more multiskilled manpower if available. Further research is recommended to determine if this trend is occurring in larger hospitals and other aspects of the health care delivery system.

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