In the 21st century, clinical staffing is still an issue in most hospitals, and nurses, doctors, and healthcare assistants are dissatisfied. What if there was an easy way to fix it?
A big complaint from clinical staff about their jobs is the schedule. However, it is not just the tiring late-night shifts or the long hours, it is often the scheduling of those shifts too. The complex process of clinical staffing has continuously given clinical staff and hospitals headaches. Hospitals resort to agencies with the expectation that it will facilitate staff scheduling and communication, but the agencies only make it more complicated. Due to unpredictability, agencies are inefficient at adapting to schedule changes, not to mention they are also quite expensive. There is a disconnect between the hospitals and staff that inhibits finding and filling white space in rosters. This fractured system leads to understaffing which in turn hurts the patients.
Proof of the Problem
Currently, there is a real problem with understaffing in hospitals. The survey report, “Predictive Analytics in Healthcare 2016: Optimizing Nurse Staffing in an Era of Workforce Shortages” developed by Avantas as part of AMN Healthcare, highlights the issues in nurse scheduling and staffing. Nearly half of the nurse managers surveyed said understaffing is a real problem. In addition, 24 percent said they still use paper-based staffing tools. In an overwhelmingly digital age where technology simplifies almost anything, old-fashioned procedures should have faded away a long time ago. These numbers are unacceptable, but they can easily be changed. Hospitals need a way to fix the stress caused by agencies and replace traditional scheduling methods.
Luckily, CliniShift has the answer. We provide hospitals with a streamlined software that makes clinical staffing and scheduling easier than ever in two big ways.
- Transparency: Our technology platform allows clinical staff to upload their availability and choose which shifts they wish to fill straight from their smartphone or mobile device. Immediate access to a database allows hospital managers to fill open shifts in real time with the click of a button, saving time otherwise spent communicating with agencies. This creation of transparency through CliniShift’s software is something that cannot be found using agencies.
- Integrated Communication: Communication is important in every industry, especially healthcare. The CliniShift app also acts as an integrated communication tool that helps facilitate communication between staff and hospitals. This increases the number of permanent staff members taking open shifts. With more shifts filled by existing staff, the cost of agencies is reduced. Agency costs can be unreasonably expensive and unreliable, making this cost saving significant in the long-term.
The impact of our software goes much further than managing shifts at short notice. Staffing the proper number of staff members keeps the staff-to-patient ratio in check, which prevents the nurses, doctors, and healthcare assistants from burning out while providing the best care for patients. After all, it is most important to ensure proper patient safety in any hospital. Engaging clinical staff in their job is a tricky task, and we aim to achieve this by improving schedule management and communication to make life easier for both healthcare providers and staff members.