Staffing and Workforce Development

An AACN Advocacy Initiative

AACN has prioritized three major advocacy initiatives: healthy work environments, palliative and end-of-life care, and staffing and workforce development. In addition to our focused work in acute and critical care, we work with other organizations in coalition, lending our voice to advance these priorities. By participating in task forces, policy conferences and development of national standards and documents, AACN is working toward our vision of "a healthcare system where acute and critical care nurses can make their optimal contribution."

Staffing is both a process and an outcome and often difficult to define. Critical care staffing levels must be driven by the unique needs of each patient and the competencies of the nurse.

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