When Every Minute Counts: Deploying Healthcare Workers in the Age of Covid-19

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The coronavirus pandemic has upturned life around the world. At the time of this publication, the US reported 720,630 cases, and more than 1,773,084 cases have been confirmed globally.

Healthcare staffing organizations have been particularly hard hit, tested daily to meet the heightened demand for clinicians. This will be coupled by a need to quickly ramp up and down according to the “waves” mentioned in the recently released U.S. Covid-19 response plan. The plan paints a grim picture, projecting the pandemic could last 18 months or longer, putting even more strain on the healthcare system.

Along with this volatility comes the labor-intensive processes of onboarding clinicians, who are themselves at risk of contracting the virus and being out of commission for weeks at a time. Healthcare staffing organizations will require a new level of readiness to support the urgent demand for clinicians without compromising the thoroughness and precision the onboarding process demands.

Prepare for the Spike in Demand for Clinicians

In the face of Covid-19, a major challenge is staffing clinical roles that are becoming more specialized and are more urgent than we have ever seen. Here are three critical ways to speed up your clinical team’s deployment response time:

  • Recalibrate on skills required for each role, at each facility.With increased demand for more specific roles (e.g., temperature takers, staging area nurses) and more relaxed requirements for certain urgent care roles, fine-tuning clinical team requirements is more important than ever. Before Covid-19, nurses who had not worked in urgent care environments in the past 12 months might not have been considered for positions. As the pandemic spreads, however, facilities are being forced to relax their requirements. Nursing is now facing such a shortage that colleges are graduating their nurses early so they can enter the healthcare system immediately. Also impacting requirements are the federal government’s recently announced temporary regulatory waivers and rules to equip the healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the pandemic. The Federation of State Medical Boards has updates on state-by-state regulatory changes, such as expedited licenses for retired physicians, waiving of telehealth licensure requirements, and waiving of clinician licensure requirements. Read more here…

Source: The Staffing Stream

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