Having a reserve of dedicated nursing staff available to fill open shifts is a relief for facility managers, especially now when nursing shortages are so rampant. If a per diem or travel nurse takes a temporary position at your facility, it’s important that they be able to contribute as quickly as possible. With this in mind, here are three tips to maximize your nurses’ talents and ensure that their shift runs as smoothly as possible.
1. Clear Communication is Key
When stepping into a new and fast-paced environment, supplemental staff need clear instructions. Knowing the chain of command, where to find supplies and equipment and other basic information enables them to contribute quickly and lessens the burden on your full-time staff.
2. Your Encouragement is Appreciated
It’s no surprise that nursing can be a stressful career. Nursing staff must be alert, attentive, and ready to take on life-or-death situations at any moment. The occasional check-in to ensure things are going well is reassuring and it helps temporary staff feel part of your team.
3. Remember Your Shared Commitment to Caregiving
Nursing isn't just a job - it’s a calling. As members of your team, nurses want to provide quality care and we know you do, too. Remembering this shared passion is helpful in nearly all situations, including the most stressful ones. It helps to foster a better work environment for everyone.
Nursing professionals who walk into your building know you juggle many responsibilities every day. They want to do a great job for you and those they care for. When you provide clear communications, encouragement, and a sense of shared values, you maximize the talents of supplemental staff. In return, they’ll lighten the workload for your whole team.
Use Gale for Your Staffing Challenges
Are you a healthcare facility manager looking to cover your shift gaps with qualified nursing professionals? Gale Healthcare has more than 45,000 credentialed nursing professionals ready to help. Whether you need per diem staff, short-term assignments filled, or are in need of more full-time employees, Gale Healthcare can provide the complete solution you need. If we can help, contact us here and we'll be in touch!