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.
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
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
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”