The current staffing model in the healthcare industry seems to be stuck in a holding pattern. Registered nurses are assigned to monitor patients for bed stays, which take up a good part of facility resources. As we see the number of bed stays rise, the RN role becomes locked without the ability for RNs to specialize or develop new skills. With integrated teleprofessionals, hospitals and other facilities can elevate the RN role while simultaneously improving the quality of care patients receive.
The RN Role in the Current Primary Staffing Model
Currently, RN roles in hospitals are very rigid, especially within the parameters of bed stays. A single RN, on average, is tasked with the care of six patients at any given time. As staffing strains become more apparent with additional patients, coverage is pushed to its limit and the quality of care decreases in favor of quantity. To perform duties and provide the basic quality care patients require, a hospital with 100 patients would need between 16 and 20 nurses on duty per shift. This number does not include technicians and other staff required to assist with patient care. Human resources are being stretched to their limits, and the current primary staffing model is unsustainable as the gap between patients and the available talent pool widens. Additionally, hiring and keeping RNs to maintain the 1:6 ratio most hospitals use can become extremely costly.
Primary Staffing with Integrated Teleprofessionals
Integrated teleprofessionals are revolutionizing the staffing model at hospitals, and elevating the RN role in the process. With a single virtual expert RN and a centralized station to monitor patients a care team consisting of one RN, one LPN, and one technician are able to cover 10-12 patients. Integrated teleprofessionals and monitoring reduces staffing costs and allows nurses to increase the quality of care provided to patients. Once teleprofessionals are integrated into the hospital setting, RNs can fill specialized roles for daily care, continuous care, PTC, and more, thereby increasing their skills, diversifying the nursing team, and allowing hospitals and other facilities to break out of the traditional RN staffing model.
BANYAN is a leader in integrated teleprofessionals and monitoring systems for the healthcare industry. We help facilities increase their patient coverage and quality of care while reducing costs and the strain on staffing. To learn more about our teleprofessionals and monitoring systems, contact BANYAN today.