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Authors

  1. Woltz, Patricia C. PhD, RN
  2. Wheaton, Sandra MSN, RN, NE-BC
  3. Knight, Dianna MSN, RN, NEA-BC
  4. Purdue, Kimberly MSN, RN, HACP

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop a flexible nurse reallocation solution.

 

BACKGROUND: Successful nurse reallocation supports appropriate staffing and may enhance workforce flexibility.

 

METHODS: An innovative program incentivizing regular nursing staff to volunteer for extra shifts systemwide was implemented at a large healthcare organization.

 

RESULTS: Nurses' perceptions of appropriate staffing improved, and nursing care quality was not compromised. The program primed the organization to respond to the pandemic.

 

CONCLUSIONS: The staffing model has been sustained for 3+ years.