Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Although I like to practice daily gratitude, gathering around the table once a year to share my blessings with friends and family holds special meaning to me. This year, as I prepare for a holiday impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, I find myself even more grateful for the relationships and people that influence my life.
Many healthcare leaders believe that the term “minimum staffing” is the result of performance improvement initiatives aimed at doing more with less. It is actually a critical component of any department’s operations and should be considered in all productivity strategies and staffing-based decisions. Minimum staffing levels indicate the number of manhours across each job code category in a department, regardless of patient census or workload, necessary to operate safely and efficiently.