CNOs and CFOs partner to reap benefits of acuity-based staffing

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Published in American Nurse Today September 2017 Vol. 12, No. 9
By: Janet Boivin, BSN, RN

How to build a case that creates improved patient outcomes.

In this new, unpredictable healthcare universe, chief nursing officers (CNOs) and chief financial officers (CFOs) are jettisoning preconceived notions of their individual roles and finding innovative ways to work together to create better outcomes.

cno cfoOne goal that both CNOs and CFOs have in common is finding a way to calculate more effective nurse staffing and scheduling. This intersection is where CNOs can build a case for acuity-based staffing and present the system’s value to CFOs, not only for better clinical outcomes, but also for satisfactory fiscal outcomes.

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