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8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 SCHEDULING SOLUTIONS Staffing After-Hours Cases Ideas Work P r a c t i c a l p e a r l s f r o m y o u r c o l l e a g u e s That S ome surgeons think nothing of operating past closing time. Way past. Your nurses and techs? Yeah, they can probably do without unexpected late nights in the OR. And you wouldn't miss the overtime-inflated payroll that goes with after-hours surgery. Here's a simple solution that will work for everybody: Create a 2-per- son late-case team for sur- geries that end or begin past your normal quitting time. All you need is 1 nurse and 1 tech who are willing to work 3 12-hour shifts every week. The key is getting your surgeons to agree to only schedule late surgeries on certain days. For us, that's Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On those days, our late-case team works from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. This not only ensures our physicians are fully • NIGHT SHIFT Creating a dedicated shift to cover after-hours cases could boost staff morale and your bottom line. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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