Today’s post is for nurse managers currently using substandard scheduling tools.
When caring for patients, nurses live in a world of innovative devices and sophisticated data management systems that have significantly upgraded the way they execute their jobs. Despite having advanced equipment for patient care, many nurse managers still use manual scheduling systems that hearken back to the days of the mercurial glass thermometer.
The nonstop havoc 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 grapple 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
Access1Source 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 factors.
Define nurse schedules with rules for shift duration, overtime, and shift proximity. It also monitors individual employee 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 informing all qualified nurses 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 asked for a shift change or additional shifts. The transparency of cloud-based schedule management ensures that all employees stay informed every step of the way.
Forecast Staffing Needs
TimeSimplicity gives nurse managers convenient tools to evaluate attendance history, identify trends, and forecast future needs. As the weeks go by, managers 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 headaches, it’s no wonder many reach a breaking point. Frazzled nurses endanger patients.
TimeSimplicity allows supervisors to designate 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) empowers nurses to check their schedule, shift opportunities, and accruals from anywhere.
Simple to Use
TimeSimplicity is an easy, cost-effective advanced scheduling solution that integrates with our TimeSource Plus time and attendance tool. Call Access1Source at 480.784.4440 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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Workforce Management Suite includes TimeSource Plus, TimeSimplicity, and TimeWorks Mobile. Workforce Management Suite is established for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and lessen labor costs.
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