Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Author: David Armitage (Technical Director)
During the pandemic, staffing has gotten more challenging. But if you are looking for the best employees or temporary workers this year, there are effective ways for staffing your business during covid-19 that healthcare organizations should know.
In the healthcare field, there has been a much higher demand for workers in all areas. Below are some ways that healthcare organizations have been adjusting to the new normal. If you still need more staff after following these suggestions, leaning on a healthcare staffing agency can solve many of your problems.
First, it’s vital to forget about how you always did staffing before the virus hit. Traditional methods of staffing may not work during this crisis. Some healthcare facilities use experienced doctors and nurses to lead professionals with much less experience. This helps because more patients can be served from the experience that is available in the facility. At the same time, the less experienced employees get the experience that they need, with supervision.
Second, it’s important for hospitals to expand the talent pool of nurses they have who can manage seriously ill patients. This could mean that some RNs will need to work with nurses from other parts of the state or country, or they may need to work in specialties they don’t know as well.
Third, better communication and clear divisions of labor are necessary to make healthcare teams as effective as possible. Work that must be done needs to be identified and matched with team members. Third, better communication and clear divisions of labor are necessary to make healthcare teams as effective as possible. Work that must be done needs to be identified and matched with team members. Everyone needs to be ready to share their knowledge, contribute in innovative ways and be ready to help when needed.
Fourth, you should be ready for healthcare workers to be exposed to the virus. The CDC publishes guidelines for healthcare employees that are going to work after they have been exposed or diagnosed. These guidelines are different than those for the public, because the agency knows that staff needs to be maximized for this crisis.
Fifth, remember to focus on the work that you need to do. Many regulatory agencies have set up exceptions to regulations as well as waivers. Also, hospitals are devising new policies that are changing the standard of care during the crisis. Go over the policies that your hospital has so you know how to manage priorities if you see a surge in patients.
Remember to talk to your healthcare staffing agency if you need more help finding workers.