Effective Staffing Takes a Village: Creating the Staffing Ecosystem

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY▸ The traditional approaches to staffing and scheduling are often ineffective in assuring sufficient budgeting and deployment of staff to assure the right nurse at the right time for the right cost.▸ As hospital merger activity increases, this exercise is further complicated by the need to rationalize staffing across multiple enterprises and standardize systems and processes.▸ This Midwest hospital system successfully optimized staffing at the unit and enterprise levels by utilizing operations research methodologies.▸ Savings were reinvested to improve staffing models which provided sufficient nonproductive coverage and patient-driven ratios.▸ Over/under-staffing was eliminated in support of the system's recognition that adequate resource planning and deployment are critical to the culture of safety.

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