April 17, 2024

Addressing Short Staffing in Nursing with Fewer Full-Time Nurses in The Field

A lone nurse walks a patient with a wheelchair down a white hospital hallway.

With nearly 800,000 nurses intending to leave the field by 2027, healthcare systems are having to rethink the way they staff. The old days of relying heavily on full-time employees is shifting toward a more flexible staffing model. 

Short staffing in nursing and inadequate staffing issues persist as significant challenges for hospitals and healthcare facilities globally. These issues are exacerbated by dynamic needs influenced by patient census, acuity levels, and seasonal variations, often resulting in overstaffing, understaffing, or inefficient resource allocation. Moreover, the surge in labor costs, intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic, adds pressure on healthcare organizations to optimize spending while maintaining care standards.

Embracing elastic provisioning to address short staffing in nursing

he concept of elastic provisioning offers a promising solution to short staffing issues in nursing Elastic provisioning, derived from cloud computing principles, dynamically allocates resources based on demand. This approach allows for the strategic deployment of a flexible nursing workforce that can scale up or down as needed, ensuring optimal staffing levels without the need for additional full-time employees.

The role of effective workforce technology

Flexible workforce technology plays a pivotal role in implementing elastic provisioning effectively. By leveraging predictive analytics driven by artificial intelligence (AI), hospitals can forecast staffing needs accurately, mitigating short staffing issues without the necessity of expanding the full-time workforce. 

By analyzing historical data and real-time information healthcare organizations can  proactively adjust their nursing workforce, minimizing overstaffing, understaffing, and overtime expenses while upholding care standards. Streamlined scheduling tools offered by flexible workforce technology further enhance efficiency by aligning nursing staff availability with demand. 

Introducing CareRev, the flexible workforce platform

CareRev, a flexible workforce platform purpose-built for acute care, exemplifies these principles. By harnessing its technology, healthcare facilities can address short staffing without reliance on additional full-time employees, optimize labor costs, increase nurse engagement, and streamline workforce management processes. CareRev empowers healthcare organizations to unlock nursing staffing solutions while enhancing patient care and operational efficiency.

Facing current and future realities of the nursing field

As healthcare facilities cannot solely rely on an influx of more full-time nurses into the field, they must explore alternative solutions to address short staffing. Elastic provisioning, powered by flexible workforce solutions like CareRev, represents a transformative approach to nursing staffing, offering the flexibility and agility needed to adapt to dynamic demands while maintaining financial sustainability. 

By investing in these innovative solutions, healthcare organizations can think outside the box of full-time employees and begin to effectively address short staffing, operational excellence, and cost efficiencies.

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