AHA launches healthcare workforce toolkit

AHA launches healthcare workforce toolkit

With the release of its new digital toolkit, Strengthening the health workforceThe American Hospital Association aims to help its members overcome workforce challenges and opportunities, and highlight strategies and resources.

why does it matter

One section of the report, Team Building, shares strategies for hiring, retention, diversity and inclusion, and creative hiring models.

The American Heart Association does not intend the toolkit to be exhaustive, according to the introduction to the report. Instead, it is a companion to other AHA playbook sources that address the long-term sustainability of the healthcare workforce. Each section includes:

  • Key considerations and questions to drive action

  • Recommendations for discussions with team members

  • Important Takeaways and Action Items for Executives and Leaders

The AHA developed the Team Building Division, and released earlier divisions — Team Support, Data, and Technology for Workforce Support — into a framework for action.

The framework addresses challenges now, in the short and long term, including creating a culture of healing, creative hiring, technology solutions, caring model design updates, technology integration, leadership development, educational pathways and models, strategic workforce planning and more.

Each section contains links to studies, articles, forms, assessment tools as well as tips that can help Hospital and health system leaders focus on team building approaches.

It is worth noting that Chapter 4 on Data and Analytics discusses the collection of internal data for decision-making from HR departments and additional internal data resources, such as patient daily counts, quality metrics, and financial records.

The toolkit advises “Data is a team effort. There is no doubt that there are pockets of critical information throughout the organization which, when aggregated, will provide insights.”

“As you move through the experience of different interventions and models, make sure that you invest in data collection and review to assess these metrics.”

Big trend

Just this week, another research report from the American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic, and Stanford Medicine showed that Doctor burnout is at an all-time high.

As we reported earlier this year, More than half of healthcare workers say they suffer from burnout – and this is causing many to leave the industry.

Show 1 report 90% of nurses are considering leaving the profession.

It is essential for health system leaders to work on solving workforce challenges, which include the pandemic itself, Safety concerns, technology challenges, dissatisfaction with electronic health records and onerous documentation requirements.

on record

“The landscape has changed; we can’t expect the same results with a one-size-fits-all approach to hiring,” according to the resource, which was developed with experts from the American Heart Association Board of Trustees task force on the workforce.

“Healthcare workers are stressed—handling well-being, as well as supporting resilience and family life, are key to maintaining a strong team. A good culture, where team members feel valued, is essential to maintaining a committed workforce.”

Andrea Fox is Senior Editor at Healthcare IT News.
Email: afox@himss.org

Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS publication.

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