Temporary Staffing of RNs Benefits All Involved

There is good news for contract registered nurses … and for the hospitals that hire them. According to a new study published in the April/May 2015 issue of the Journal of Nursing Care Quality, the use of temporary nursing staff for a “modest” amount of hours can help lower costs without compromising the quality of care.
 
First some background: more than half of all hospitals across the U.S. employ temporary registered nurses (RNs) to fill the gaps in patient care. These gaps occur for a number of reasons, most predominantly because of fluctuations in patient load and time off or “leave” taken by staff nurses. It has been theorized that bringing in temporary staff can compromise patient care and increase the cost to the health system or hospital. Yet, according to this study, modest use of temporary RNs (defined as up to 2.8% of total RN hours per unit per quarter) actually offered a decrease in total nursing personnel cost on a per patient per day basis without negatively impacting patient outcomes.
 
This finding is important on a couple of fronts. First, it offers data supporting the temporary use of RNs as beneficial for lowering cost. It also may indicate that it behooves hospitals to develop an ongoing relationship with a trusted healthcare staffing company. This is because, as the study suggests, finding quality contract RNs on an ongoing basis, matters to its patients … and to its bottom line.
 
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Temporary Staffing of RNs Benefits All Involved