Workforce Resources and Research

NCRA is the industry leader in cancer registry salary and workforce research. NCRA has worked with partner organizations to identify needs, launch research initiatives, coordinate studies, and promote the outcomes. Many of the studies have been designed to provide hospital and central registries with national workload and time management data that can be used to better inform decision-making about staff size and configuration. Read on below for current workforce initiatives. 

 

NCRA LAUNCHES BEST PRACTICE GUIDANCE SERIES (April 2021)

Given NCRA’s long history of cancer registry workforce research a new information series has been launched. The “NCRA Best Practice Guidance Series” begins a formalized approach to organize and deliver recommended direction on a variety of cancer registry workforce procedures, management and activities to guide registry operations including staffing considerations.


With the launch of the “Series” NCRA inaugural issue is introducing best practice recommendations on an area of outsourcing service evaluation, selection and management. “Why Your Staff are Your Top Resource When Considering Outsourcing Services in Support of the Cancer Registry” is being released this month and is sure to become a vital reference for facilities considering outsourcing services.  Look for additional releases in the “Series” as NCRA continues its commitment to workforce research in the future. 

 

Outsourcing and Perception

As follow-up to its 2017 Strategic Management Plan, NCRA formed an Outsourcing and Perception Task Force to gather information on 1.) the perception of cancer registrars and, 2.) the role of outsourced vendors supporting the work of the cancer registry. The input provided by the respondents has enabled NCRA to begin to frame new efforts to best support its members and the cancer surveillance community about changing dynamics of the cancer registry workforce. The result was  NCRA’s Report on the 2020 Outsourcing and Perception Survey. Based on this survey, a four-year collaboration between volunteers and staff has produced the first of the NCRA Best Practice Guidance Series: Why Your Staff Are Your Top Resource When Considering Outsourcing Services in Support of the Cancer Registry. As part of the effort to standardize data quality approach/practices, this report identifies, defines, and supplies guidance in support of outsourcing best practices.

 
With its release NCRA formalizes the vital role that a including a CTR credentialed manager or lead registry staff on the procurement team is a best practice leading to improved outsourcing outcomes.  Acknowledging the fact that more facilities and hospital systems seek to outsource or hire contractors for their cancer registries, NCRA defines the involvement of CTR credentialed manager or lead registry staff from the initial evaluation of need through the final decision of outsourcing services. Including a CTR-credentialed manager/ staff lead in the process will ensure high-quality data collection and the implementation of cancer registry best practices. Download NCRA Best Practice Guidance Series: Why Your Staff Are Your Top Resource When Considering Outsourcing Services in Support of the Cancer Registry.

 

WORKFORCE RESEARCH AND RESOURCES

 

NCRA’s Survey on COVID-19’s Impact on Cancer Registrars and Registries

NCRA wanted to better understand that impact of COVID-19 on hospital-based cancer registrars and registries. To that end, NCRA distributed an online survey in May 2020 and received a 55 percent response rate from “lead” cancer registrars. Read the Report on NCRA’s COVID-19 Survey.

Human Resources: A Fact Sheet on Certified Tumor Registrars (CTR) 

NCRA has received several requests for a fact sheet on cancer registries and the work of cancer registrars to share with human resources departments outlining the work of CTRs and their importance.  Download Summary PDF.

 

Workload and Time Management Study: Guidelines for Central Cancer Registry Programs

The study provides central cancer registries with national workload and time management data they can use to compare to their own registry. The comparisons can help inform decision-making about staff size and configuration. In addition, the findings provide central cancer registry administrators with the data needed to advocate, plan, and budget for their cancer registry programs.  Download Summary PDF.  
 

NCRA's Workload and Staffing Study: Guidelines for Hospital Cancer Registry Programs 

The study provides hospital cancer registries with national staffing and workload data to inform staff planning and budgeting. The guidelines also serve as a tool for managers in advocating for adequate staffing to meet cancer registration goals.  Download Summary PDF.

Salary Considerations

NCRA’s Salary Considerations for Cancer Registrars: 2017 provides registrars and human resource departments with accurate and timely salary information to assist with hiring of this critical health information profession. Learn more: NCRA’s Salary Considerations for Cancer Registrars