April 14, 2020
New Feature: Enhanced Messaging Capabilities
When it comes to healthcare scheduling, Schedule360 understands the importance of management being able to effectively and quickly communicate their scheduling needs to their employees. For this reason our employee scheduling software already comes equipped with an integrated messaging tool. However, as we continue to meet the needs of our clients, we’re also constantly looking for ways to improve our scheduling software. One of those improvements is being able to provide our clients with enhanced messaging capabilities.
Nurse Self-Scheduling in Hospitals is a Major Win
March 31, 2020
Employee self-scheduling has become more prominent in the healthcare industry and is seen as a solution to increasing employee satisfaction and staff retention. Rather than leave all of the scheduling responsibilities to the scheduling manager, nurse scheduling software allows certain employees to choose the shifts they want to work, providing them a greater sense of balance between their work and personal life, increasing both employee morale and the quality of patient care. This is especially beneficial for hospital employees who often work long, irregular hours.
How to Manage Self-Scheduling for Your Nursing Staff
March 27, 2020
Let’s face it, times have changed. You can now order groceries from your phone and have them delivered right to your doorstep, so it only makes sense that the way we handle our scheduling would evolve as well. In the days of manual scheduling, the weight of the world was on the Scheduler’s shoulders as they sifted through piles of documents and messy papers as they pieced together schedules for multiple units, only to have to redo the schedules multiple times whenever someone needed to make a slight modification. Not only has manual scheduling completely consumed the life of the scheduler, but it can also cause a rift as well as built up resentment between management and staff.
Safe Nurse Staffing is Critical to Proper Patient Care
March 11, 2020
Nurses play a monumental role in the healthcare field and continue to be at the forefront of our healthcare system. Due to their importance, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that nurses carry a large chunk of the operating costs, making them an easy target for reduced hours and other cutbacks. Unfortunately, those cutbacks come at the expense of patient care and well-being, especially when the remaining nurses are forced to work overtime to cover open shifts, leaving them fatigued and burned out. Therefore, maintaining safe nurse staffing levels are critical when it comes to preserving the overall quality of patient care, as well as keeping your nursing units in prime condition to provide the best care possible.
Nurse Overtime is Busting Your Unit’s Budget
March 6, 2020
Healthcare facilities are constantly under pressure to reduce costs. Since nurses comprise a large percentage of the labor costs, they’re often the first to get scrutinized under the financial microscope. However, laying off or reducing the numbers of these vital staff members would be detrimental to the quality of patient care and would result in multiple negative ramifications.
Feature Highlight-Vacation Notes
February 26, 2020
The process of approving time-off requests and trying to keep scheduling fair can be a big challenge for schedulers. Often there are reasons why you have to deny requests, but it's not always clear to staff what those reasons are. And sometimes the requests themselves need a little explaining, but until now there wasn't an easy way to pass along notes regarding time off requests and scheduling accommodations.
Myths in Healthcare Scheduling
February 20, 2020
Change can be difficult for some organizations to embrace, including the healthcare industry. This is especially true for those who have been doing something a specific way for several years, such as how they create staff schedules. It doesn’t matter that what they’re doing isn’t efficient or convenient, still, they trudge along believing that it’s easier to continue doing what they’ve always done rather than trying something new, even though it might greatly benefit their organization in a positive way.
How to Manage 24-HR Shift Scheduling Without Losing Your Mind
February 14, 2020
If you’re in the healthcare industry, then you know it’s typically not a 9 to 5 job, as there are always going to be people who need care outside of the traditional work hours. If you’re a scheduler, then you know how challenging it can be to handle scheduling for 24-hour shifts, especially when dealing with absences and last minute call ins, scheduled time off requests, and making sure you have the right employees scheduled for the appropriate shifts. There are loads of employees and paperwork to keep track of, multiple departments and specialties to schedule, and a serious need to be able to do everything seamlessly and efficiently.
Can Nurse Self-Scheduling Reduce Turnover?
February 11, 2020
Nursing can be a challenge, both mentally and physically. Providing patient care, assuring family members, and keeping up with the newest procedures can all lead to fatigue and burnout. This is especially true when nurses are asked repeatedly to pick up extra shifts, work overtime, or cover for another nurse at the last minute. These working conditions often lead to nurse turnover and it is becoming a fairly common problem, and the cost can be significant.
Best Defense Against Flu: Adaptive Healthcare Staffing Schedule
January 30, 2020
During flu season, the status of your employees’ health can change on a dime, leaving staffing managers in a complicated and stressful situation as they scramble to find last minute replacements.