The Washington State Survey of Nurse Practitioners
During the last few weeks you may have received a letter from ARNPs United and the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) asking you to participate in an important study – the Washington State Survey of Nurse Practitioners. Many of you have already responded to that survey, and we thank you for your participation.
However, while the response rate has been good, we would like to make it better. We are particularly concerned that the addresses used for the survey may not have been as current as we would have liked, and we suspect a portion of you may not have received our letter or the survey questionnaire.
If you did not receive a survey, if you have misplaced the one that you did receive, or if you still have the survey on hand but have not yet had the time to complete it, we would like to provide you with an opportunity to fill out the survey on-line. Here’s how:
If you do not have a paper survey on hand, you will first need to call Wendy Sears with Gilmore Research Group at 1-800-573-4498 ext 104. Wendy will give you a five-digit identification number that you will need to complete the survey. This number will not be used to identify you or your responses, rather it is used to assure there is only one completed survey per person. Once you have your survey identification number, simply go on-line to www.waofmsurvey.com and complete the survey.
If you do have the paper survey on hand, you only need to go on-line to www.waofmsurvey.com and complete the survey there. Your five-digit identification number is on the last page of the survey questionnaire, in red, toward the lower right-hand corner.
Time is of the essence, and we would ask you to please go online and complete the survey in the next few days. After 9 p.m., June 15th , the survey will end.
Of course, if you have already completed and sent in your survey – thank you! – there is no need for you to do anything more.
Why is this survey important? Efforts to implement the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) are now underway in Washington State, and one central provision of the ACA is expanding health coverage to the majority of persons currently uninsured. As a result of this coverage expansion, health care utilization is expected to experience a significant surge.
State agencies involved in implementing ACA face an important question: Does the state have the healthcare workforce capacity to meet the anticipated increase in demand? To answer this key question, OFM received a federal grant to survey selected groups of healthcare professionals to provide a crucial knowledge base of workforce capacity in these areas.
Your participation will make a valuable contribution to that knowledge base.
Please be assured that your individual response to the survey will be kept confidential. Individual identifiable information will be removed from the survey data once the data collection is completed and only de-identified survey records will be forwarded to OFM. All published reports will only include aggregate data. Please contact Thea Mounts at (360) 902-0552 orThea.Mounts@ofm.wa.gov with any questions.
Thank you, once more, for contributing to this important study.
Bob Smithing, MSN, ARNP, FAANP
ARNPs United of Washington State
10024 SE 240th St, #230, Kent, WA 98031
253.480.1035 Fx: 253.852.7725