TABLE 4

FTEs for Different Types of Staff by Discipline

DisciplineMean FTERange% of Programs With 0 FTE
Physician0.450–3.841.2
Nurse (advanced practice nurse or registered nurse)0.800–6.636.6
Advanced practice nurse0.400–354.5
Registered nurse0.400–5.667.0
Social worker0.290–366.1
Administrative assistant or coordinator0.260–262.5
Chaplain0.160–1.674.1
Child life specialist0.160–1.683.9
Bereavement specialist0.110–284.8
Music or art therapist0.050–292.9
Psychologist0.030–1.294.6
Massage therapist0.010–0.7596.4
Pharmacist0.010–0.797.3
Physical or occupational therapist0.010–0.598.2
Dietitian0.000–0.2598.2
Physician assistant0.000–0100.0
  • The Joint Commission Advanced Palliative Care Certification, Program Standard PCPM.7.1. The core interdisciplinary team is composed of a licensed independent practitioner, registered nurse, chaplain, and social worker.25