A Seasonal Staffing Model


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Abstract

The staffing of a nursing unit provides a unique challenge when that unit experiences significant seasonal fluctuations in census. Although overtime, per diem, or agency personnel are staffing alternatives to meet seasonal fluctuations in census, they are costly alternatives that are not the most efficient use of human resources. The authors present a seasonal staffing model that reallocates employee work hours in a pattern that closely matches the seasonal work load trends of the department.

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