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3-Minute Turnover - December 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 7 S taffing has always been one of the biggest challenges in surgical leadership. Even with the best plan in place, Murphy's Law prevails. Someone tends to call out on the one day when you're super busy and that one case that had to get done to use the same staff on an afternoon case runs over. Here are some tips that I've learned over the years that could help. Late days. For those unexpected late days when cases run over their scheduled times, or that late add-on case, you may want to assign routine late days. I once ran a center when, on busy winter days, we might have several rooms running over. The way we kept it as fair as possible was assigning all staff one first late and one second late day per week. (We even let the staff choose which days, as long as we had the schedule covered.) If they wanted to switch with a team member, they could do so as long as they notified the appropriate manager. Assigning lates in advance is way easier than 1 8 Scheduling Tips to Make Staffing Easier Late differentials, staggered start times and other creative solutions. Staffing Leslie Mattson, RN, BSHM, LNC • ANY IDEAS? Your team could have out-of-the-box solutions to scheduling challenges that you might not have considered.

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