Nurses are sometimes the unsung heroes in the medical field. They’re sitting at bedsides, cleaning up patient (and physician) messes, rocking NICU babies, and providing compassionate end-of-life care for hospice patients. This physically and emotionally demanding job can take a toll on nurses, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.2 million vacancies will emerge for registered nurses between 2014 and 2022.
So, in the midst of a national nursing shortage, how do you help nurses enjoy their work and avoid burnout? Let’s explore some ways you can create the best schedule for these hospital MVPs and avoid losing your best employees.
Strive For Healthy Shift Patterns
We’ve explored how shift work can affect your health in previous blogs. Healthy shift patterns are essential to providing nurses with a sustainable work-life balance. Let’s take a look at some shift patterns to avoid below.
Don’t schedule more than three consecutive 12-hour shifts, four consecutive 10-hour shifts, or five consecutive 8-hour shifts
Follow a healthy circadian pattern – avoid rotating shifts (days to nights or nights to days) within the same 24-hour period
Don’t schedule excessive consecutive hours
With a scheduling software like Shift Admin, you can customize these rules into the system to avoid scheduling nurses for unhealthy shift patterns.
Give Nurses A Say
Any employee who feels more in control of their schedule will feel more satisfied with their job. Give each nurse the ability to schedule work around family, vacations, and outside responsibilities. This subtle difference in shift scheduling is essential to providing nurses with a healthy work environment.
Shift Admin gives your group members the ability to request certain hours or days off, say to accommodate school pick-up for their children or schedule vacation time. Scheduled employees can see the shifts they’ve been scheduled for at any point online, updated in real time. This easy online system also lets nurses swap shifts or post a shift if a scheduling conflict arises on their end. These features along with our built-in communication hub also makes it easier for nurses to message their group regarding any changes.
Avoid Nurse Burnout
Nurses have a hard job. Despite all of the joy that comes with this profession, nurses are faced with death, heartache, and stress every day. And like any high-stress and high-stakes job, it can take a toll on their physical and mental health.
Nurses are servants at heart and they may not even recognize when they are experiencing burnout. Encourage team members to look out for the signs and take the necessary steps to ensure nurses are caring for themselves as they aim to give patients the highest quality care.
Customized Automated Scheduling Software
Moving away from a manual method of scheduling nurses with spreadsheets, manual tracking, or other outdated means benefits your nursing staff. A better schedule can keep nurses healthy, help enhance work-life balance, improve patient care, and decrease fatigue.
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