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

1. Effectively deploy 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 at the bedside/point of care and the roles of the inter-disciplinary direct care team of providers.  Integrate primary care efforts with bedside/point of care to establish the foundation for teams working across the continuum. 
3. Create 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.

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

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

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

“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)  




Workforce Supply

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

The Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program Grants Available

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)- Grant Notice - ETA-15-02
Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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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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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