Staffing shouldn’t just be optimized on the unit level, but across the entire organization. While there are numerous techniques hospitals can use to optimize their staffing, a centralized view of staffing is one way health system CNOs and other administrators can keep the entire hospital’s staffing levels optimized. According to MedScape, when hospitals adopt a centralized view of staffing needs through healthcare software solutions, nurse managers and CNOs can ensure staffing needs are allocated for effectively throughout the entire organization. Taking a centralized look at staffing allows hospital decision-makers to match full-time nurses as well as temporary staff with patient care needs and outcome requirements, allowing for better cost control across the hospital.
When staffing coordinators, nurse managers and administrators can see the big picture, nurse leaders, department managers and staffing coordinators can have up-to-date information about staffing levels organization-wide. For instance, if a staffing coordinator is informed that a unit on the west wing of the hospital is short staffed, he or she can efficiently send the appropriate nurse with the right skill sets and competencies from an overstaffed unit to the west wing unit. Having a centralized look at the hospital and being able to determine nurse skill sets and abilities, health systems can achieve a balanced and cost-efficient approach to nurse staffing.
We’d love to hear if centralized staffing is working for your organization. Has your organization adopted centralized staffing practices? Why or why not?
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