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.

"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


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National AHEC Organization

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

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


Workforce Supply

Stronger economy drives more nursing turnover, higher wages

Recent Trends and Characteristics of the Physician Workforce

Job-Seeking Nurses Face Higher Hurdle as Hospitals Require More-Advanced Degrees

Why it’s so hard to find a mental health professional

Got enough nurses? Nurse groups cite Kentucky case to support push for staffing ratio laws

How Do We Win the War for Hiring Nurses?

Help Wanted: Oklahoma faces shortage of healthcare workers

Solving for the Healthcare Workforce Development Gap

HANYS 2015 nursing and allied health report 

CHA Roadmap for Creating a Health Care Work-Based Learning Program 

Shortage of nurses persists, but not as bad as predicted

Nursing shortage in 2025 will be smaller than projected

Nursing shortage brings new opportunities

Can hefty sign-on, retention bonuses solve the nurse shortage?

Department of Labor ApprenticeshipUSA – FAQs, Success Stories, Employer Toolkit and More

Demand for nurses in Montana remains high

NLRB ruling could shake up healthcare staffing industry

H&HN: Four Measures that Are Key to Retaining Nurses

2014-2015 Area Health Resources Files

Texas Hopes to Attract More Mental Health Care Workers

CMS Demonstration Project Producing More APRNs

The nursing shortage and the doctor shortage are two very different things

A Professional Care Coordinator's Guide to Partnering with Family Caregivers

Toolkit: Preparing the Nursing Workforce for a Changing Health System: The Role of Graduate Nursing Education 

Future of the Nursing Workforce: National- and State-level Projections, 2012-2025

Part of the Solution: Pre-Baccalaureate Healthcare Workers in a Time of Health System Change, The Brookings Institution, July 24, 2014

Registered Nurses Are Delaying Retirement, A Shift That Has Contributed To Recent Growth In the Nurse Workforce, Health Affairs, July 2014

Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis 

HWIC archived materials  at the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health's website 

Center for the Health Professions at UCSF 

Rural Assistance Center 

HOSA Future Health Professionals 

Academic Progression in Nursing – RWJF grant   

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

U of Utah Launches Value University for Health Care Professionals

Charting Nursing’s Future

H&HN: California-based ACO Addresses Coordination Concerns Through Use of a Virtual Huddle

Video: New Nurses: Your License to Practice

How PAs Factor Into Improved CMS Patient Satisfaction Scores

Taking a Page from Racing and Aviation to Build Elite Health Care Teams

Why Nursing Home Quality Matters to Hospitals

OSHA’s Worker Safety in Hospital Resources

National Patient Safety Foundation white paper “Through the Eyes of the Workforce: Creating Joy, Meaning and Safer Health Care” 

American Nurses Association 

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), TeamSTEPPS 2.0 curriculum 

Future Care Models

Nurse Helps Low-Income Patients Navigate the Health Care System

The Role of Staff in Health Care's Transformation Needs More Attention

The Emergence of Post-Acute Medicine

Rules governing nurse practitioners too strict, experts testify

Lessons from the Field: Promising Interprofessional Collaboration Practices

Carilion Clinic Medical Home Improves Chronic Care

The Secret Sauce for Orthopedics Bundled Payments Success

H&HN: APNs and PAs Can Help to Optimize Care for Patients

How to Lower Costs with Coordinated Patient Care

Doctoring, Without the Doctor

High-speed Internet, other tech advances lead to growth in out-of-office workforce

Bipartisan Policy Center white paper, “The Future of Our Health Professional Workforce: The Case for a National Comprehensive Strategy”  

Deloitte white paper, “The New Healthcare Workforce: Looking Around the Corner to Future Talent Management” 


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