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Workforce diversity

April 12, 2017

By Maureen Swick

The AHA supports an inclusive and diverse workforce that reflects the communities our members serve. During National Minority Health Month, the AHA Workforce Center highlights our hospitals’ commitment to increasing and supporting a diverse workforce.

That commitment to a diverse and culturally competent workforce starts from the top down. Leaders, executives and governance teams must recruit, retain and cultivate a diverse workforce that mirrors those they... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: diversity, equity, nurses, workforce

Celebrating Nursing Leaders

By Rick Pollack
March 31, 2017

It takes a team to run a hospital. But if you ask a patient who they interacted with the most, they’ll probably say a nurse. Nurses are on the front lines of medical care in hospitals, health clinics, schools, assisted living facilities and home health care. They are often the voice of the patient. Today, I had the opportunity to be with nursing leaders from across the nation at the annual meeting of the American Organization of Nurse Executives in Baltimore. It was a chance to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, nurses, workforce, members

AONE 2017 - 50 Years of Inspiring Leaders

March 22, 2017

“I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results” – Florence Nightingale

In 1967, a collection of nurse administrators from the AHA Council of Nursing organized themselves into an AHA personal membership group to create a professional home for nurse leaders. Fifty years later, AONE is the preeminent organization for nurse leaders. Echoing the founders’ aims to develop the profession of nursing leadership, the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: Caregivers, leadership, nurses, workforce

Clinician Well-being and Resilience

By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Maureen Swick, R.N., Ph.D.
December 15, 2016

The rapid pace of change in health care, from delivery redesign to risk-based payment models to increased data reporting and interoperability, has clinician attention divided among many competing priorities and challenged to meet changing requirements while improving care delivery for a more diverse population. Numerous studies show clinician stress is associated with lower patient satisfaction, a negative impact on health care quality, overuse of resources and increased costs.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physician issues, physicians, culture of safety, leadership, nurses, workforce

Thank You To All Nurses

By Pamela A. Thompson, MS, RN, CENP, FAAN
May 12, 2016

Congratulations to all of my nursing colleagues as we celebrate National Nurses Week. It is important that we take time to pause to recognize the valuable contributions that nurses make each and every day. The focus of this year’s Nurses Week is Culture of Safety: It Starts With You. Nurses understand the critical nature of keeping our patients safe. No matter where they practice, nurses have a professional charge to maintain the safety for patients, families, clients and all who... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, quality, patient safety, safety, Caregivers, nurses, workforce

Celebrate Your Hospital

May 9, 2016

As AHA President Rick Pollack noted in his Friday blog post, this week we come together to celebrate the more than five million dedicated women and men working in America’s hospitals and health systems for National Hospital Week. How can your hospital get involved? Join the AHA’s #MyHospital digital campaign by sharing photos or videos with the AHA highlighting the important role hospitals play in their community. Use the tag #MyHospital. Here are some photos that have already been... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: quality care, quality, Community health, access, nurses, workforce, care coordination

Workplace Safety is a Priority

By Pamela A. Thompson, MS, RN, CENP, FAAN
February 6, 2015

NPR’s story on health care worker injuries highlighted the importance of creating a safe health care environment for both patients and caregivers. Health care workers perform some of the most important jobs in America. Hospitals know that the health and safety of both patients and caregivers is paramount to ensuring the best patient care.

Hospitals’ dedicated nurses and caregivers make important choices every day about the best way to provide patient care in an incredibly complex... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, patient safety, Caregivers, nurses, workforce



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