3 Creative Ways to Cut Nurse Labor Costs

Reducing nursing staff can be detrimental to your hospital's quality of care and the patient's overall experience—two areas that CFOs should strive to bolster, not undercut. Look to nurse leaders to know how and when to trim the cost of nurses while maintaining quality of care.

1 comments on "3 Creative Ways to Cut Nurse Labor Costs"
Jackie Larson - Avantas (1/27/2012 at 11:20 AM)

Great article, Karen. Reducing overtime, using supplemental labor more effectively, and reducing turnover should be high on any hospital's to-do lists. Reducing overtime and effectively using supplemental labor (contingency staff) are both invariably tied to reducing turnover and the related issues of staff burnout, decreased morale, etc. We have found that there are no clear cut, across the board answers or strategies that can be applied to everyone. One example being the frequently quoted Workforce Planning goal of 85%. We've found no evidence that the 85% core staff number is an appropriate or financially responsible resource management model. That being said, tailored department and unit specific strategies are effective. The key to any effective change, i.e., changing your organization's culture, is getting buy-in across the entire spectrum of the organization. In order for any initiative to be effective you need managers and the C-Suite to enthusiastically be on the same page.


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