One of the key components of AHA’s strategic plan is to ensure hospitals have a competent and engaged workforce to deliver high quality care to patients and families.  The Workforce Center’s three strategic aims are:

1. Empower a competent and engaged workforce to deliver quality patient care.  Challenges of workforce shortage, health care reform and labor relations will require innovation and a fundamental reshaping of the way in which patient care is delivered, especially for primary care.   
2. Redesign clinical care so that inter-professional teams provide seamless, integrated and coordinated care across the continuum. 
3. Promote excellence in clinical work environments.  Ensure an environment to facilitate workforce recruitment and retention, a safe and competent workforce and appropriate employer/employee engagement.

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and a steadily increasing insured population, hospitals face unique workforce challenges to care for more patients seeking access and to re-deploy workforce assets in response to new care models.   

The resources below include AHA, national, and state-based resources to help you with workforce planning, recruitment, retention and development.

The State of the Behavioral Health Workforce: A Literature Review

AONE/ENA Guiding Principles for Mitigating Violence in the Workplace

AONE/ENA Mitigating Violence Toolkit

"Connecting the Dots Along the Care Continuum" white paper

“Reconfiguring the Bedside Care Team of the Future" white paper

“Workforce Roles in a Redesigned Primary Care Model” white paper 

ENA, AONE address workplace violence

AONE and AAACN Partner in National Effort for Care Coordination

AHA-AMA: Integrated Leadership for Hospitals and Health Systems: Principles for Success 

Lifelong Learning – Physician Competency Development

Advocacy Issue Paper: Building the Health Care Workforce of the Future

TrendWatch: The Promise of Telehealth For Hospitals, Health Systems and Their Communities

AONE's "Building a Community Health Worker Toolkit"

AONE and ENA's "Guiding Principles on Mitigating Violence in the Workplace"

Hospital Careers: An Opportunity to Hire Veterans

“Developing an Effective Health Care Workforce Planning Model” white paper and assessment tool

"Hospitals and Care Systems of the Future" AHA Committee on Performance Improvement

AONE Workplace Environment Assessment – online assessment tool 

Physician Leadership Forum  

Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE)  


Health Career Center


Workforce Supply

Scarcity of Primary Care Positions May Divert Physician Assistants Into Specialty Practice

HRSA Nursing Health Workforce Model Tool

Hospitals 'Grow Their Own' Specialty Care RNs Amid Nurse Shortage

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Hiring Veterans

White House Joining Forces / Hiring Veterans 

U.S. Department of Labor project:  America's Heroes at Work: Supporting the Employment Success of Returning Service Members with TBI & PTSD    

Hiring Veterans Toolkit for Employers 

Work Environment

The Top Six Things Nurses Can Do to Improve Patient Safety

Trauma Centers Need Nonphysicians in the Mix

Nurse Burnout is a 'Public Health Crisis,' and Here are Innovative Ways Hospitals are Addressing It

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Future Care Models

Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing

TeamSTEPPS Training for Office-Based Care Settings

Community Health Workers in the Wake of Health Care Reform: Considerations for State and Federal Policymakers

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U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans Employment & Training Service (VETS) state-based resources

U.S. Department of Labor, Workforce Services by state   


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