Nursing Staffing and Technology: A Relationship Formed in the Electronic Environment Benefiting Patients and Nurses

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621266
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Nursing Staffing and Technology: A Relationship Formed in the Electronic Environment Benefiting Patients and Nurses
Other Titles:
Staffing Strategies to Improve Outcomes
Author(s):
Luker, Gayle
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Tau Kappa-at-Large
Author Details:
Gayle Luker, RN, CPN
Abstract:
Session presented on Saturday, March 18, 2017: The rising costs of health care are creating diminishing budgets for hospitals, impacting direct patient care hours. Previous versions of acuity systems were subjective and required additional effort by nurses. Innovative technological advances have led to acuity systems that retrieve data from the electronic medical record and generate an acuity score that is objective, valid and reliable. Acuity informed staffing is a benefit to patients, staff, and budgets. The strategy was to implement a process by which a valid acuity tool could aid in the decision making of staffing and patient assignment. The goal was to leverage the latest technology, increase objectivity, and decrease the need for additional effort from staff in determining an acuity and staffing program that electronicaly calculates a patient's acuity by pulling data from the electornic health record and mapping it to thousands of data points associated with identified nursing outcomes met that goal. The implementation process included key stakeholders from multiple levels of the organization including directors, finance, nursing, and information technology experts. There were several training sessions for the nursing staff that would be impacted directly by the implemenation of the system. A secondary process of implementation was the identification of super-users and acuity auditors whom meet on a quaterly basis. Data was collected from each inpatient unit before and after implementation of the electronic acuity and staffing program which demonstrated improvement with the utilization of the system. The data showed an improvement in productivity, improved staffing at the bedside, a decrease in sick time, double time and overtime. Productivity percentages improved from 65-85% to 95-105%, the ideal outcome and realized cost savings. Nationwide hospitals would like to achieve a goal of knowing the right number of nurses to have, how to efficiently manage their schedules, and optimize the resources available to meet the needs of the patient population. Technology allows for nursing and finance to collaborate to meet this goal. Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to understand the use of technology in nursing practice. The learner will be able to understand how to make equitable patient assignments using the solutions.
Keywords:
Nursing; Staffing; Acuity
Repository Posting Date:
3-Mar-2017
Date of Publication:
3-Mar-2017
Other Identifiers:
CHWE17H05
Conference Date:
2017
Conference Name:
Creating Healthy Work Environments 2017
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
Creating Healthy Work Environments 2017: Best Practices in Clinical and Academic Settings. Held at the JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleNursing Staffing and Technology: A Relationship Formed in the Electronic Environment Benefiting Patients and Nursesen
dc.title.alternativeStaffing Strategies to Improve Outcomesen
dc.contributor.authorLuker, Gayleen
dc.contributor.departmentTau Kappa-at-Largeen
dc.author.detailsGayle Luker, RN, CPNen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/621266-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Saturday, March 18, 2017: The rising costs of health care are creating diminishing budgets for hospitals, impacting direct patient care hours. Previous versions of acuity systems were subjective and required additional effort by nurses. Innovative technological advances have led to acuity systems that retrieve data from the electronic medical record and generate an acuity score that is objective, valid and reliable. Acuity informed staffing is a benefit to patients, staff, and budgets. The strategy was to implement a process by which a valid acuity tool could aid in the decision making of staffing and patient assignment. The goal was to leverage the latest technology, increase objectivity, and decrease the need for additional effort from staff in determining an acuity and staffing program that electronicaly calculates a patient's acuity by pulling data from the electornic health record and mapping it to thousands of data points associated with identified nursing outcomes met that goal. The implementation process included key stakeholders from multiple levels of the organization including directors, finance, nursing, and information technology experts. There were several training sessions for the nursing staff that would be impacted directly by the implemenation of the system. A secondary process of implementation was the identification of super-users and acuity auditors whom meet on a quaterly basis. Data was collected from each inpatient unit before and after implementation of the electronic acuity and staffing program which demonstrated improvement with the utilization of the system. The data showed an improvement in productivity, improved staffing at the bedside, a decrease in sick time, double time and overtime. Productivity percentages improved from 65-85% to 95-105%, the ideal outcome and realized cost savings. Nationwide hospitals would like to achieve a goal of knowing the right number of nurses to have, how to efficiently manage their schedules, and optimize the resources available to meet the needs of the patient population. Technology allows for nursing and finance to collaborate to meet this goal. Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to understand the use of technology in nursing practice. The learner will be able to understand how to make equitable patient assignments using the solutions.en
dc.subjectNursingen
dc.subjectStaffingen
dc.subjectAcuityen
dc.date.available2017-03-03T14:34:51Z-
dc.date.issued2017-03-03-
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-03T14:34:51Z-
dc.conference.date2017en
dc.conference.nameCreating Healthy Work Environments 2017en
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen
dc.descriptionCreating Healthy Work Environments 2017: Best Practices in Clinical and Academic Settings. Held at the JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAen
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