Linda Parker, RN, Director, Supplemental Staffing, Crozer-Keystone Health System
The standardization of nursing policies across Crozer-Keystone Health System will enable our supplemental staffing nurses to make smoother transitions from one assignment to another as they move between units and hospitals. By ensuring continuity of care, standardized policies also enhance patient safety, which is everyone’s ultimate goal.
Merging and standardizing policies is not an easy thing to do, and my hat is off to the team who is handling this process. Change is hard and it is human nature to want to continue the same practices, so it takes a lot of determination and hard work to agree on one common way of practicing across the system. But it is a task well worth the effort because all Crozer-Keystone nurses and patients will benefit in many important ways.
I am very proud of the contribution our 59 supplemental staffing nurses make to patient care every day throughout the health system. They approach their work with tremendous flexibility and professionalism, ready to shift gears at a moment’s notice if an assignment changes due to staffing fluctuations at the hospitals. They are prepared to handle assignments on any unit, reporting for work in critical care, med/surg. and the ER on any given day. They help to ensure that nursing units have the coverage they need while unit staff nurses attend professional conferences, go on vacation or take medical leaves.
At the same time, our nurses welcome the opportunity to keep their clinical skills up to date in all areas of nursing and they appreciate the flexibility in their schedules. It’s a win-win situation for everyone, and standardization of our policies is sure to make it even better.