Perspectives on Staffing and Scheduling (PSS™) is the only newsletter that deals specifically with staffing and scheduling issues facing healthcare today. PSS™ provides helpful information on strategies that you can use in your setting as well as actual case studies of how hospitals solve specific staffing problems. LMI is the publisher of the national benchmark, PSS™ Annual Survey of Hours Report©, allowing you to compare your organization’s hours of care to other hospitals in the United States.

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Number 1 Topics:

  • Turnover and Its Impact
  • What Makes a Good Turnover Report
  • Calculating the Cost of Turnover
  • Turnover Reporting and Best Practice

Number 2 Topics:

  • Identifying Root Sources of Overtime
  • Managing Your Overtime Plan
  • Taking Your Overtime Pulse
  • Non-Productive Replacement FTE Plan

Number 3 Topics:

  • Results of the (2007) Eighteenth Annual Survey of Hours- Part 1

Number 4 Topics:

  • 2007 PSS™ Annual Survey of Hours Report- Part 2
    • Magnet Status, LOS, Acuity, Workforce Distribution, Response to Deficit Demand
  • Peri-Operative and Remaining “Other” Units

Number 5 Topics:

  • Full-Time/Part-Time Employee Ratios and Percentages
    • Results from 2007 Survey of Hours Benchmark Report©
    • Scheduling Principles; calculating FT/PT ratios and Determining Minimum Work Commitments
    • Best Practice guidelines for FT/PT Ratios
  • Announcing the Eve Hall Memorial LMI Scholarship for Scheduling and Staffing

Number 6 Topics:

  • LMI Workforce Management findings regarding Overtime & position Control
  • Minimum, Good & Best Position Control Management
  • What makes a good Position Control Report
  • Position Control Best Practices

Number 1 Topics:

  • Impact of Admissions, Discharges, Transfers (ADT) on Average Length of Stay (ALOS)
  • Decreasing Length of Stay impacts Admissions
  • ADT, ALOS, OT% Compared to Med Errors and Patient Falls
  • 2-Year comparison of Non-Unit Based Educator Ratios

Number 2 Topics:

  • Schedulers, Worker Performance and Work Environment
  • Scheduling Principles
  • Defining Employee Requests
  • Measuring Quality with Schedule Report Cards
  • 10 Indicators that Your Unit’s Schedule is Not Working
  • Scheduling Best Practices

Number 3 Topics:

  • Nineteenth Annual Survey of Hours!
  • Results of the 2008 PSS™ Annual Survey of Hours Report(C) Part 1

Number 4 – Topics:

  • The 2008 PSS™ Annual Survey of Hours Report©– Part 2
  • Magnet Status, LOS, Acuity, Workforce Distribution, Response to Deficit Demand, Peri-Operative and Remaining “Other” Unit Findings

Number 5 Topics:

  • Staffing & Productivity for Blended Obstetric Units
  • 2008 Eve Hall Scholarship USA Winner 1 of 2: Stephanie Manning from St. Lukas Episcopal Health System, Houston, TX

Number 6 Topics:

  • Improving Workforce Efficiencies – Conserving Resources
  • 2008 Eve Hall Scholarship USA Winner 2 of 2: Brandi Yaeck from Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia, MN

Number 1 Topics:

  • Indirect Hours- Supporting Staff and Patient Care
  • Recommended Percentages for Indirect Labor, Education & Orientation Hours
  • 2008 Eve Hall Scholarship International Winner: Chrystal Fox & Lib Jones, Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals, UK

Number 2 Topics:

  • Managing Your Non-Productive Budget
  • Formulas for Calculating Your Non-Productive Benefit Time
  • Self-vs. Selfish Scheduling
  • Employee Request Guidelines
  • Impact of Planned vs. Unplanned Absences
  • Developing a Vacation Plan Form

Number 3 Topics:

  • Results of the 2009 PSS™ Annual Survey of Hours Report© – Part 1

Number 4 Topics:

  • The 2009 PSS© Annual Survey of Hours Report© – Part 2
  • Magnet™, Baldrige & Planetree Participation Status, ADC & LOS, Staffing Ratio Changes & Workforce Distribution, Response to Deficit Demand, Peri-Operative and Remaining “Other” Units Hours of Care

Number 5 Topics:

  • It’s NOT Flu as Usual – Are You Ready for the H1N1?
  • Surge Capacity & Workforce Planning
  • Staffing in the Eye of the Storm

Number 6 Topics:

  • 2009 Nurse Manager Span of Control Results
  • 2009 Indirect Percentage Labor by Service Line Type
  • 2009 Eve Hall Scholarship Winner: Martha Giangiulio from Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH

Number 1 Topics:

  • Central Staffing Office (CSO)/Resource Delivery Models
  • Nursing Care Delivery Models & Its Impact on Your Budget
  • CSO Mission Statement; CSO vs. Manager Resource Management Goals
  • Line Functions in Scheduling for Managers/Staffers/Scheduling Committee

Number 2 Topics:

  • Vital Partnerships: Managers, Charge Nurses, Supervisors & The CSO
  • Defining “Range of Staffing Elasticity” For Staffing
  • Staffing for Erratic vs. Fluctuating Workload
  • Healthcare Reform and ACO’s – How will it Impact your Workforce

Number 3 Topics:

  • Results Of The 2010 PSS™ Annual Survey of Hours Report© – Part 1

Number 4 Topics:

  • The 2010 PSS™ Annual Survey of Hours Report – Part 2
  • Magnet™, Baldridge & Planetree Participation Status, Licensed & Operational Beds, Average Daily Census & Length of Stay & Workforce Distribution
  • 2010 Eve Hall Memorial Scholarship Award Winner

Number 5 Topics:

  • Nursing Department & RN FTEs/Licensed & Operational/Staffed Beds
  • 2010 FTEs/Bed
  • Calculating FTEs/Bed Type
  • The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Resource Management
  • Surviving the Healthcare Crisis and Coping With Healthcare Reform

Number 6 Topics:

  • Managing Deficit Demands
  • 2010 Deficit Demand & Response From the PSS™ Survey of Hours©
  • Strategic Response to Deficit Demands
  • Budgeting for Deficit Demands (Planned, Unplanned, Ed/Meeting/Orientation)