Integrate Agency Nurse Staffing For Positive Impact
The new realities of managing skilled nursing facilities have brought the need for operational efficiencies front and center. The challenge of maintaining appropriate staffing continues as a number one priority – SNF clinical teams and supplemental agency nurses and CNAs are the conduit to the safety and well-being of patients and residents.
How do we find the balance between the existing, available workforce and third-party relief?
Many operators feel they are currently running with a bare minimum nursing team, and not by choice. The pandemic has exemplified just how tough it is to maintain a staff in a healthcare environment. For many SNF operators, it’s a feasible option to enlist outside “agency” nurse assistance.
Yet, the catch-22 of agency staffing is the need for the hours on the floor… but that relief comes at a premium. Compounding the challenge is reconciling the timekeeping, invoice management, and compliance in PBJ reporting.
The key is innovation, and an ability to manage the use of agency with clear strategic intent and financial responsibility. A proactive approach to managing agency nurse staffing provides resiliency and balance.
SNF leaders are looking for ways to have higher visibility into key performance indicators, the ability to act quickly based on evidential data, and to be more connected to operational performance in the facilities. Automation of routine tasks and integrating that data with overall company metrics achieves this flexibility.
Automation and Integration
Prone 2 Dream Technologies specializes in providing healthcare leaders with time-saving efficiencies and automations. Our DreamAgency is a user-friendly app designed to track agency hours – with a simple clockin/clockout right at the facility. When integrated with your timekeeping and payroll metrics, DreamAgency contributes to your daily data story and allows you visibility of the impact every day.
The data collected by the app integrates with the current staff analytics each day to calculate and display hours, rate, HPPD, and total expense – by pay period, by nursing role, by facility. You can quickly identify how much you are spending on agency staffing and the impact on your operation.
The analytic also displays timeclock data for your in-house staff – hours worked, overtime hours, and individual time card data by pay period. Having this intelligence all in one place enables evidence-based decisions and the opportunity for improvement. Plus, having agency nurses’ time integrated with overall daily data enables accurate PBJ reporting, and submission with confidence.
When integrated with your timekeeping and payroll metrics, agency data enables clear insight to your choices – whether it’s more advantageous to use agency staffing or whether these dollars could be redistributed to your own team. You can determine if paying overtime and giving pay increases to existing staff would be a better allocation of resources.
Lastly, DreamAgency tracking creates facility documentation to verify the invoice provided by the vendor.
The integration of DreamAgency data with your company timekeeping system provides daily visibility and insight into goals and performance. To learn more contact us, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (469) 294-5233.