By Melinda Juneau, Snelling.com
In the medical field, you are trained for emergencies. They happen almost daily and if a day is calm, you begin looking around to see what is wrong; it’s just in the nature of healthcare for the unexpected to happen. No one can plan their medical problems and it is one of the reasons most medical facilities will never close at the end of the day. A medical facility is usually open 24/7. Do you have enough staff to provide proper care? Will your staff be overworked and overtired due to poor scheduling and be prone to mistakes? The summer is a time of year when many facilities see a decrease in the quality of patient care due to a lack of scheduling but you can ensure yours doesn’t face this same problem.
Summer vacation is quickly approaching and that means many members of your staff will have added requests for time off due to family vacations, family reunions, and personal days when the weather is perfect for a day outside. Because your staff deserves the time off, you want to be able to give them the days as requested, but the facility will still need to be open. Are you able to provide excellent care when one manager is on vacation, the other is ill, and the third one has to be home for the AC repair person to show up? Maybe you have some staff members who will rise to the occasion and provide the necessary leadership but is that a gamble you want to take with peoples’ lives? Of course not! You want to provide excellent care and maintain order within your medical facility. There are two simple ways to keep your facility running as smoothly as possible: Read the rest of this entry »