JOURNAL ARTICLE

Achieving effective staffing through a shared decision-making approach to open-shift management

Nancy M Valentine, Jan Nash, Douglas Hughes, Kathy Douglas
Journal of Nursing Administration 2008, 38 (7-8): 331-5
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Managing costs while retaining qualified nurses and finding workforce solutions that ensure the delivery of high-quality patient care is of primary importance to nurse leaders and executive management. Leading healthcare organizations are using open-shift management technology as a strategy to improve staffing effectiveness and the work environment. In many hospitals, open-shift management technology has become an essential workforce management tool, nursing benefit, and recruitment and retention incentive. In this article, the authors discuss how a successful nursing initiative to apply automation to open-shift scheduling and fulfillment across a 3-hospital system had a broad enterprise-wide impact resulting in dramatic improvements in nurse satisfaction, retention, recruitment, and the bottom line.

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