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The Benefits of Supplemental Staffing in Medical Facilities

Dee Bustos

Medical Services

Feb 26, 2024

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Nurses play a big responsibility in carrying the healthcare industry. They tirelessly work in order to provide quality care to patients while ensuring that each unique need is met. However, healthcare systems continuously face nurse staffing issues that can negatively impact nurses’ mental health and well-being. This, in turn, might pose a risk for healthcare delivery and patient health outcomes in medical facilities.

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Common Issues in Nurse Staffing: 

  1. Shortage of Nurses: With more families and seniors looking for healthcare services, the demand can often surpass the available number of nurses. There are more patients than there are available nurses to provide care. 

  2. High Turnover Rates: Nurses are led to quitting their job because of burnout, inadequate staffing, or other job-related stressors. Understaffing can put a heavy workload on nurses which negatively affects their mental health and well-being. 

  3. Skill Mix Imbalance: Because there is a high demand with not enough nurses to fill in, nurses’ skills are not distributed and matched appropriately. This can lead to suboptimal care delivery. 

  4. Outdated Staffing Models: Oftentimes, inefficient scheduling and outdated staffing models contribute to the growing issue of fatigue and reduced staff morale. 

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    Benefits of Supplemental Staffing

    Staffing models are often using a one-size-fits all approach with fixed ratios of demand. While this may be the business as usual model, it cannot keep up with the changing and dynamic nature of healthcare. As the healthcare industry continues to grow, medical facilities are facing increasing demands for staffing. This is where supplemental staffing comes in by hiring temporary healthcare professionals to fill in for permanent staff members who are on leave or to meet increased patient demand. 

    1. Cost-Effective Solution: Hiring temporary staff members can be more affordable than hiring permanent employees, as it eliminates the need for benefits, training, and other expenses associated with full-time employees. This is especially beneficial for smaller medical facilities that may not have the budget to hire additional permanent staff members.

    2. Flexible Staffing Alternatives: Supplemental staffing also offers flexibility for medical facilities. With the ability to hire temporary staff members, facilities can easily adjust their staffing levels to meet fluctuating patient demand. This is particularly useful during peak seasons or when permanent staff members are on leave.

    3. Certified and Qualified Staff: Supplemental staffing agencies, such as Care Indeed, ensure that all temporary staff members are certified and qualified for their assigned roles. This means that medical facilities can have peace of mind knowing that they are receiving skilled and experienced professionals to fill in for their permanent staff members. This also saves time and resources for the facility, as they do not have to go through the hiring and training process for temporary staff members.

    4. Increased Patient Satisfaction: By having an adequate number of staff members, medical facilities can provide better care for their patients. Supplemental staffing helps to prevent staff burnout and ensures that patients receive the attention and care they need. This can lead to increased patient satisfaction and positive reviews for the facility, which can ultimately attract more patients and improve the facility's reputation.

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      Proactively Prevent Staffing Shortages with Care Indeed Nurses

      As one of the providers of in-home care in California, Care Indeed uses real-time data gathering and analysis focused on health care facilities with Supplemental Staffing Solutions. Our approach is centered on examining trends in patient volume and acuity to forecast staffing requirements and ensure efficient allocation of resources.

      With supplemental staffing solutions, there is coverage for all shifts, protecting your business and your patients. Contact Care Indeed at (844) 243-4883 to discover how our supplemental nursing team can eliminate your staffing shortages.

Dee Bustos


Dee Bustos

Chief Executive Officer

Visionary. Optimist. Tech-savvy and results-oriented. Loves to sing during her almost non-existent spare time. Her motto: Dream BIG

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