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Balancing the Scales: Bringing the cost of staffing back to Earth

Balancing the Scales: Bringing the cost of staffing back to Earth

June 14, 2024/By Tommy Binner

The primary concern for organizations globally lies in the realm of workforce challenges, and this is evident across various sectors. Nowhere are these challenges more pronounced than in healthcare, with continuous shortages of providers of all types.

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Physician and Provider Float Pool Strategy in Healthcare Systems

Physician and Provider Float Pool Strategy in Healthcare Systems

May 31, 2024/By Trevor Strauss, FACHE

Healthcare organizations of all types of focus on addressing their staffing challenges in many ways, and one area that is of growing focus is physician and provider internal resource pools (IRP), often more generally referred to as “float pools”.

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The Final Frontier: How Internal Gig Pools Are Revolutionizing Healthcare Staffing

The Final Frontier: How Internal Gig Pools Are Revolutionizing Healthcare Staffing

May 30, 2024/By Tamara Miller

The healthcare industry stands at a pivotal moment in its evolution, particularly in how it approaches staffing. Traditional models, while stable, often lack the flexibility to meet the dynamic demands of modern healthcare environments. Enter the concept of internal gig pools—a revolutionary staffing model that combines the adaptability of gig work with the structure of traditional employment. This model is transforming healthcare staffing, presenting a future where adaptability, efficiency, and employee satisfaction converge. 

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Adapting to the Gig Economy: Benefits for Healthcare Staffing Strategies

Adapting to the Gig Economy: Benefits for Healthcare Staffing Strategies

May 16, 2024/By Tamara Miller

The advent of the gig economy has revolutionized the way organizations think about work, offering flexibility and autonomy that traditional employment often lacks. This shift has permeated various industries, with healthcare being no exception. The unique demands and stresses inherent in healthcare make the sector ripe for the benefits the gig economy can offer. Adapting gig economy principles to healthcare staffing strategies presents a forward-thinking approach to addressing some of the most persistent challenges in healthcare delivery and workforce management.

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Creating an Agile Workforce in Healthcare: Strategies for Success

Creating an Agile Workforce in Healthcare: Strategies for Success

April 25, 2024/By Tamara Miller

In today's fast-paced healthcare environment, agility is not just a buzzword—it's a critical strategy for success. The ability of healthcare organizations to quickly adapt to changes, whether in patient care demands, technological advancements, or unexpected crises, hinges practical the agility of their workforce. An agile workforce is characterized by flexibility, resilience, and a proactive approach to change. This blog explores effective strategies for creating an agile workforce in healthcare, ensuring organizations can meet the evolving needs of their patients and the industry at large.

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The State of Healthcare Staffing in 2024

The State of Healthcare Staffing in 2024

January 25, 2024/By Jeff Niles

One of the most significant challenges that hospitals have faced for years is the shortage of skilled workers. This, in turn, has made recruiting extremely competitive — if hospitals are all vying for the same candidates in the same labor pool, whoever offers the most will win. So, it's no wonder the industry average time to fill positions is 49 days.

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Addressing the Crisis: Hospital Staffing Shortages, Burnout, and Solutions

Addressing the Crisis: Hospital Staffing Shortages, Burnout, and Solutions

October 06, 2023/By Tamara Miller

Every day, healthcare workers strive to provide the best possible care for patients. However, a growing crisis threatens their well-being and the quality of patient care. Recent research by the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work reveals startling statistics: 73% of hospital workers who left their jobs cited understaffing as the primary reason, and a staggering 87% reported high levels of burnout.

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High Turnover in Nursing Threatens Quality of Care: How to Mitigate It

High Turnover in Nursing Threatens Quality of Care: How to Mitigate It

April 17, 2023/By Jeff Niles

Even pre-pandemic, the healthcare industry as a whole had staffing shortages. But the past few years have exacerbated such pre-existing issues, often to the point where organizations of all sizes began pivoting and re-examining their hiring and employee retention practices. This has been particularly true when hiring nurses.

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What Is Per Diem Nursing and How Can You Use It?

What Is Per Diem Nursing and How Can You Use It?

February 16, 2023/By Jeff Niles

For the past few years, already-existing labor shortages in the healthcare space have been exacerbated by the pandemic, thus shifting the way facilities operate. Pre-pandemic, there were already ongoing discussions about nursing shortages. In its current state, industry projections state that shortages are slated to last until 2030, with a total supply of nurses decreasing by ~100,000 from 2020 to 2021, the largest drop in four decades.

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INTERNAL RESOURCE POOLS (IRP): LEVERAGING TECH FOR OPTIMAL IRP STAFFING

INTERNAL RESOURCE POOLS (IRP): LEVERAGING TECH FOR OPTIMAL IRP STAFFING

December 15, 2022/By Nancy Bourg RN, BSHCA, MBA

 

Recent years have seen the healthcare industry battling increasing obstacles, but according to multiple surveys and polls, from ACHE and MGMA respectively, staffing shortages remain the top concern of healthcare leaders. While staffing shortages have long plagued the industry, the rapidly rising agency rates for contract nurses and other staff are no longer sustainable for many organizations.

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HWL Provides Rapid Response Staffing Solutions for Pediatric Organizations

HWL Provides Rapid Response Staffing Solutions for Pediatric Organizations

December 09, 2022/By Trevor Strauss, FACHE

It's no secret that healthcare organizations have had the need for quick, efficient staffing solutions, even before the pandemic started. While coronavirus certainly put extra strain on these systems as well — between the "Great Resignation", unprecedented rates of burnout, and more — healthcare organizations have been struggling to attract and retain the talent that they need to provide quality patient care and improve patient outcomes, including in pediatrics. In fact, nationally, around 80% of pediatric hospital beds were occupied as of late October 2022.

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How HWL and Iroquois Healthcare Association Partnered to Ease the Staffing Challenges of Healthcare Systems Across the Upstate NY Region

How HWL and Iroquois Healthcare Association Partnered to Ease the Staffing Challenges of Healthcare Systems Across the Upstate NY Region

November 29, 2022/By Lori Kiesel

The Situation

Upstate New York healthcare systems were no exception to the staffing crisis felt by virtually every hospital in the country amidst the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The recent 2022 NSI National Healthcare Retention & RN Staffing Report revealed that the average hospital turnover rate was 25.9% in 2021 – a 6.4% increase over the prior year. Pre-Pandemic, many hospitals relied on traditional staffing agencies to fill their vacancies. By the summer of 2020, reliance had turned into dependence, and there seemed to be no end in sight. Particularly in the more rural areas, hospital executives were faced with the most difficult decisions they could possibly imagine- would they be able to meet the financial demand for contingent labor, with hourly bill rate increases of 100 to 200% or would they inevitably be forced to close their doors on the communities that needed them now more than ever?  

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How Supplemental Health Care Became the Playbook for COVID-19 Staffing

How Supplemental Health Care Became the Playbook for COVID-19 Staffing

July 22, 2021/By Jeff Niles

From the moment the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a global health emergency to the conclusion of 2020 surpassing 20 million infections nationwide, healthcare workers have been stretched to the max. In the climate of panic and fear that characterized the early days of the pandemic, defining a workable strategy to deliver thousands of providers was anything but simple.

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