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How to Cut Overreliance on Contract Nurses

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2014

Nurses are happy with the changes, too.

"There's been a lot of very positive feedback from the nurses," McNitt says. "It's rare that I hear anyone complain about staffing."

In fact, there's been a complete reversal from January 2012. McNitt believes that Mercy Hospital's contract usage is now among the lowest in their healthcare system. And now that staffing isn't an issue anymore, the directors can put more of their energy toward patient care.

"They've got other things to worry about on a daily basis," McNitt says. "But staffing's not one of them."


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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Mark Graban (7/2/2014 at 12:39 PM)
The description of "lean" staffing levels (being understaffed) should not be confused with the "Lean" management system that's based on Toyota and has been used in health systems around the world. A "Lean Healthcare" model would ensure the RIGHT level of staffing that best meets patient needs while being fiscally responsible of the organization [INVALID] not too little staffing and not too much staffing.