Evidence-Based Staffing Enhances Patient-Centered Care
On days with lower census or patient acuity needs, the hospital looks at other ways to deploy staff across the system or gives the opportunity of taking vacation time. Nurses understand such flexibility, as they are used to being called in when patient acuity needs or census numbers rise and units need extra help.
Evidence-based staffing is key to the hospital's desire to provide community-centered care.
"[It's] one tool that we use to establish and project what kind of staffing we need to have today and into the future," Loftin says. "It gives argument cognitively for the staff. But it also helps us hold each other and the staff accountable when we need to staff correctly."
Rebecca Hendren is a senior managing editor at HCPro, Inc. in Danvers, MA. She edits www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com and manages The Leaders' Lounge blog for nurse managers. Email her at email@example.com.
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