Planning tool released

A report and assessment tool was released by the American Hospital Association to help hospitals and health systems understand their workforce needs as the industry moves to a more team-based model of care. The assessment is designed to help organizations plan and put into place a workforce strategy, how to build workforce pipelines and partnerships, and how to evaluate their workforce planning approach, according to the report called "Developing an Effective Health Care Workforce Planning Model." The report and tool are a joint effort of the AHA and its affiliates the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration.

Doctor of Nursing Practice programs lagging

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is commissioning a study to find out why hundreds of nursing programs that offer master's-level advanced practice nursing degrees are not planning to add a doctor of nursing practice degree in the near future. The AACN set a goal in 2004 to adopt the DNP as the standard degree by 2015. As of last year, there were 217 DNP programs accepting students, with 97 more in the planning stages. AACN wants to study why more than 200 schools aren't offering the higher degree.

Duke tackles workforce issues

Duke University and Duke Medicine launched the Duke Institute for Health Innovation, which will work to develop new ways to train the workforce, deliver care, and apply technology and health policy to improve access, quality and affordability. Ideas generated by the new institute may be implemented and tested in Duke facilities, according to a news release. "In addition to promoting multidisciplinary collaboration, DIHI will establish an infrastructure for funding and testing new ideas, while preparing our health care workforce to face the challenges of tomorrow," said Victor Dzau, M.D., chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and CEO of Duke University Health System.