Today’s post is for nurse managers currently using ineffective scheduling tools.
When caring for patients, nurses live in a world of high-tech devices and sophisticated data management systems that have dramatically improved the way they carry out their jobs. Despite having advanced equipment for patient care, many nurse managers still use old school scheduling systems that hearken back to the days of the mercurial glass thermometer.
The nonstop turmoil this creates in healthcare facilities contributes to nurse burnout, which affects the whole staff and, most importantly, the patients. Combine this with an acute shortage of RNs in many areas of the country, and you have a crisis on your hands.
The most common staffing challenges nurse managers contend with:
- Departmental staffing imbalances
- Last-minute shift cancellations
- Inability to forecast staffing needs
- Nurse burnout due to scheduling frustration
TimeSimplicity Is An Easy Pill To Swallow
ICON, Inc. is passionate about helping healthcare providers utilize the latest technology to solve these crucial staffing problems. Industry-leading TimeSimplicity is the most powerful automated system for nurse scheduling.
Eliminate Coverage Gaps and Departmental Imbalances
TimeSimplicity allows you to design nurse schedules in minutes with easy drag-and-drop functionality. Create a standard schedule from one of the built-in templates and then customize per shift, department, employee group, day of the week, or other facility-specific criteria.
Design nurse schedules with specifications for shift duration, overtime, and shift proximity. It also monitors individual worker certification expiration dates.
Reduce Last-minute Shift Cancellations
The mobile notifications tool of TimeSimplicity permits nurse managers to send out email and text alerts, immediately alerting all qualified employees of the cancelled shift. A nurse who wants the extra shift can immediately accept it, whereupon the supervisor can approve the change in real time. The nurse manager doesn’t need to guess which particular nurse wants to pick up a shift that day.
Total Transparency Reduces Confusion
All employees have 24/7 access to the centralized, online Virtual Trade Board which shows which associates have requested a shift change or additional shifts. The transparency of cloud-based schedule management ensures that all staff stay informed every step of the way.
Forecast Staffing Needs
TimeSimplicity gives nurse managers user-friendly tools to scrutinize attendance history, pinpoint trends, and forecast future needs. As the weeks go by, supervisors have an ever-increasing amount of key data to help boost the accuracy of scheduling.
Personalized Scheduling Makes Nurses Lives Easier
Nurses work long shifts with onerous patient loads. When they can’t achieve a healthy work/life balance due to scheduling frustration, it’s no wonder many reach a breaking point. Stressed nurses endanger patients.
TimeSimplicity allows supervisors to define minimum/maximum hour preferences per nurse. Customizable overtime alerts warn managers when a nurse is approaching overtime. Automated time-off requests simplify life for busy nurses. Mobile Employee Self Service (ESS) allows nurses to view their schedule, shift opportunities, and accruals from anywhere.
Simple to Use
TimeSimplicity is an easy, competitively priced advanced scheduling solution that integrates with our TimeWorksPlus time and attendance tool. Call ICON, Inc. at 888-111-2222 to learn more about TimeSimplicity, including the payroll integration and compliance functions. We look forward to sharing a demo with you.
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WorkforceHUB includes TimeWorksPlus, TimeSimplicity, and TimeWorksMobile. WorkforceHUB is created for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and decrease labor costs.
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