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S PECIAL R EPORT ACUITY ADJUSTED STAFFING, both nursing and healthcare dollars Because implementing those changes See Shared gover. nursing salaries are the largest operational ex nance model Shared governance gives nurses. pense in acute care many organizations consid power in their practice she said It gives them a. er cutting nursing positions when they have to voice which promotes innovation and allows. reduce costs them control over their practice It lets nurses ex. At the same time though it s an exciting time tend their influence beyond their unit walls and. for nursing One example is the electronic health permits staff in the leadership team to share in the. record EHR which makes rich clinical data decision making process. available computer analysis of this data offers, better decisional support for nurses Shared governance model. Panel leaders were asked to share their expert,ise on patient acuity adjusted staffing exploring. the question How do we ensure patients get the Nursing quality Nursing retention. and recognition, care they need while creating a safe effective council. work environment for nurses Professional,Nursing leadership.
Before introducing the first speaker Gelinas council development council. Patient and family,discussed the problem of variations in defining. and implementing acuity adjusted staffing in the Nursing practice. Nursing informatics, more than 5 600 hospitals across the country For council including. the purpose of this panel discussion she defined Nursing EBP and. acuity as the individual patient s need for care research council. Shared governance The key to, implementing change The model illustrates the structure of shared. Andrea Erickson MSN RN CNML governance at LGH Note that the patient and. director of inpatient critical care serv family appear at the center of the model. ices at LGH spoke of the large task, her organization faced as it worked to The shared governance model at LGH keeps. comply with the Massachusetts the patient and family as the central focus with. staffing bill passed in November 2014 Using the unit based councils and evidence based practices. shared governance model to guide its journey LGH on the second tier followed by other councils and. began to develop and implement an acuity tool to committees that funnel up through the coordinat. meet the state s January 2017 deadline ing council The acuity tool advisory committee. The shared governance model Erickson ex began the process for developing an acuity tool. plained proved vital to LGH as it worked toward by identifying key stakeholders including man. Who what when where and why, An educational program sponsored by Cerner Using Acuity Optimizing Patient Care and Nursing Workload was held December.
4 2015 at Lowell General Hospital a large non profit 424 bed community hospital in Lowell Massachusetts The aim of the. program was to stimulate a national conversation on using acuity to optimize patient outcomes and nurse staffing. Moderator Amy L Garcia MSN RN Eileen T Lake PhD RN FAAN. Lillee Smith Gelinas MSN RN FAAN Director and Chief Nursing Officer Jessie M Scott Term Chair in Nursing. Editor in Chief American Nurse Today Workforce and Capacity Management and Health Policy. System Vice President and Chief Cerner Corporation Associate Professor of Sociology. Nursing Officer Kansas City Missouri Associate Director Center for Health. Clinical Excellence Services Outcomes and Policy Research. Miriam Halimi DNP MBA RN BC, CHRISTUS Health University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Vice President and Chief Nursing,Irving Texas Philadelphia. Informatics Officer, Panelists Trinity Health William Dan Roberts PhD ACNP. Andrea Erickson MSN RN CNML Livonia Michigan Data and Analytics Scientist. Former Director of Inpatient Critical Assistant Clinical Professor School of. Care Services Medicine Biomedical Informatics, Lowell General Hospital Assistant Clinical Professor School of Nursing. Lowell Massachusetts Stony Brook Medicine,Long Island New York.
www AmericanNurseToday com March 2016 American Nurse Today 29. S PECIAL R EPORT ACUITY ADJUSTED STAFFING, agement educators informatics experts and staff Acuity adjusted staffing linked. RNs across both campuses See Key stakeholders to better outcomes. The aim Erickson said was to include individuals Eileen T Lake PhD RN FAAN Jessie. with varied levels of experience who worked var M Scott Term Chair in Nursing and. ied shifts Health Policy at the University of,Pennsylvania School of Nursing pre. Key stakeholders sented research on acuity adjusted. nurse staffing as it relates to preterm infant out. comes Among the 912 neonatal ICUs NICUs in the, United States sizable variations in mortality exist. that can t be attributed to infant factors Lake said. The goal of measuring acuity adjusted staffing,was threefold Lake explained First to look at how. infant acuity relates to the assignment a nurse re. ceives Second to see how accounting for acuity and. staffing relates to infant outcomes And third to, look at how nurse workload relates to infant acuity.
Research shows staffing is significantly associat,ed with infection among very low birth weight in. fants 15 of these infants develop an infection, which in turn doubles their risk of mortality Litera. ture findings also reveal staffing influences the rate. of breast milk at discharge Across hospitals a, Erickson explained We used the Johari window racial disparity in breast milk at discharge exists. concept to identify stakeholders based on two pa linked to poorer staffing in hospitals with predomi. rameters interest and power We focused on nantly African American patients Of particular. those who fell into the high interest high power note hospitals with a largely minority population. section of the grid had higher rates of infection and discharge without. The committee then conducted a survey to de breast milk They also had a higher degree of nurse. termine which indicators determined high acuity understaffing and poorer practice environments. and which warranted 1 1 or 1 2 nursing care Af Lake said that across the acuity spectrum all of. ter the survey was completed the committee de the infants had similar parent needs including. veloped a task force of nursing administrators teaching emotional support and developmental. informatics experts educators and 6 to 10 staff support We observed that when nurses care for. RNs who met and communicated regularly Erick multiple low acuity infants if you add events and. son remarked We relied heavily on email and parent needs together their workloads are actually. one to one meetings in both ICUs to identify best higher than those of nurses who care for one or. practices related to patient acuity whether they two high acuity infants she noted This shows us. were practices occurring in Massachusetts or oth that acuity has a significant relationship with. er states with mandated safe staffing ratios The staffing and outcomes but doesn t account com. organization maintained quality reporting in pletely for workload. cluding central line associated bloodstream in Lake went on to discuss the need for adequate. fection rates catheter associated urinary tract in decisional support in the NICU setting including. fection rates and pressure ulcer and patient falls acuity assessment systems that apply to that set. incidence ting as well as the need to ensure that these sys. Erickson stressed the importance of seeking to tems are evidence based. understand how these changes affect work areas, resources and staff educational needs Change Acuity calculation driven by. takes hard work and requires engraining the cul nursing documentation. ture she pointed out This kind of project has to Miriam Halimi DNP MBA RN BC. be nurtured and grown from beginning to end vice president and chief nursing infor. She emphasized the necessity of preserving nurs matics officer at Trinity Health in. ing s voice in the process At the end of the day Livonia Michigan discussed the im. we want an acuity tool system that fulfills require portance of using an electronic health. ments of the law but we don t want to lose nurs system that s integrated with nursing documenta. ing judgment along way she said We must tion According to Halimi this helps ensure that. strike a balance between science and judgment acuity level calculation doesn t come at the cost of. marked by open dialogue trust and teamwork direct nursing time We hypothesized that an acu. 30 American Nurse Today Volume 11 Number 3 www AmericanNurseToday com. S PECIAL R EPORT ACUITY ADJUSTED STAFFING, ity system that s electronic and integrated with cal critical care evaluation depicting how an acuity.
nursing documentation will create better and time score is generated based on the nursing interven. lier information leading to better decisions that tions classification and nursing outcomes classifica. optimize both the process and practice of nursing tion NOC For instance in the respiratory do. care she said We re looking to leverage an acu main a patient on room air would be considered. ity solution that will allow for flexibility and pro uncompromised and receive a score of 5 But a pa. vide the information needed in real time to support tient on a ventilator would be considered severely. nursing down to the unit level compromised with a score of 1 she explained. Trinity Health new to using an integrated acuity The lower the score the more severely deviated. solution successfully implemented a solution with the patient is and the more nursing care he or she. in a 6 month period at one of its hospitals in fall needs Therefore the level of acuity is higher The. 2015 a second hospital is scheduled to go live with system calculates acuity scores every 4 hours with. its solution this spring While nursing leadership scores generated 2 hours before shift change to en. debated whether all nurses should have access to sure the most updated scores This helps identify. the tools ultimately they decided that was the best appropriate staffing for the next shift See Nursing. way to go Halimi said this approach provides documentation and acuity levels. greater transparency How does an integrated acuity system work By. The Trinity Health planning team focused on entering and saving clinical documentation in. keeping staff nurses engaged throughout the the EHR which is sent automatically to the acuity. process by solution The acuity solution maps the observa. using scheduling and acuity solutions together tions and values using the NOC and indicator. to provide powerful tools that empower nurses values Mapping of the clinical documentation is. giving staff nurses access to acuity tools as well assigned to a domain each domain has multiple. as education on how to use them data elements which identifies the patient s acu. leveraging the role of a patient outcomes expert to ity assessment within that domain. ensure partnership in the use of acuity tools daily As Trinity leaders evaluate implementation of. Halimi showed a screenshot of a medical surgi the acuity tool Halimi said they re looking at. Nursing documentation and acuity levels,Reprinted with permission from Cerner Clairvia. www AmericanNurseToday com March 2016 American Nurse Today 31. S PECIAL R EPORT ACUITY ADJUSTED STAFFING,Staffing Financial to operational. measuring such outcomes as staffing expenses es and unlicensed assistant personnel are sched. staff and patient satisfaction and productivity uled From this the allocated skill mix for the day. Acuity matters with or without the nurse is available for assigning to patient needs. staffing law Halimi concluded pointing out Roberts posed a pertinent question How can a. that acuity adjusted nurse staffing holds impor patient s needs be best matched with the nurse s. tance whether or not it s mandated by legislation skills to allow for the best nursing care while still. An integrated acuity solution creates accuracy meeting the expected care processes and out. and precision in staffing ultimately moving to comes necessary for efficient and cost effective. ward positive patient outcomes healthcare delivery To view his formula for. achieving this see Staffing Financial to operational. Balanced staffing Where The forms above show the usual financial allo. finance and operations cation of staff during the budgeting process They. converge incorporate Roberts staffing formula which in. William Dan Roberts PhD ACNP cludes assignment RN competency and patient. data and analytics scientist at Stony acuity The staffing formula relies on operational. Brook Medicine in Long Island New and financial flexibility. York moved the discussion in another Roberts showed a screenshot of a nurse staffing. direction He addressed how patient acuity affects document depicting a breakdown of the nursing. nurse staffing from both a financial and an opera workload on a general medicine unit during the. tional perspective He stressed the dynamic nature day shift illustrating the effect of patient acuity on. of patient acuity stating It changes by the minute nursing care hours Predictably we can ask what. by the hour by the shift so you want to make sure is the nursing work going to be for that patient. you re able to be flexible with your staffing Does the nurse have a balanced workload How. Staffing is more than just allocating full time do we achieve that We would reallocate resources. a viable healthcare system Nurse staffing legislation Gelinas noted that this era is a challenging one for nursing with competing pressures for S P E C I A L R E P O R T A C U I T Y A D J U S T E D S T A F F I NG Acuity adjusted staffing A proven strategy to optimize patient care By Meaghan O Keeffe BSN RN n The orange states have passed some type of legislation related to nurse

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