The imperative for an electronic nurse scheduling system

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Published in American Nurse Today September 2018 Vol. 13 No. 9
By: Kathy Baker, PhD, RN, NE-BC; Kelton Rasmussen, MHA; Kevin Shimp, DNP, RN, CCRN

Prioritize the need and make a positive impact

electronic nurse scheduling system organizationTHE EVIDENCE IS IN: Appropriate levels of nurse staffing are linked to lower infection rates, decreased readmissions, and reduced inpatient mortality. And because financial stewardship of nurse staffing is often a linchpin in a healthcare organization’s financial success as alternative payment models shift healthcare’s financial paradigm from volume to value, nurse leaders must make data-driven decisions to support and validate the staffing levels necessary to achieve optimal patient outcomes at the lowest possible cost. To accomplish this, all nurse leaders must have the necessary tools and systems to effectively plan, predict, and manage staffing. An electronic nurse scheduling system (ENSS) is one of those tools. (See What an ENSS can do for your organization.)

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