This was the second spot check conducted by the union to gauge compliance with the new staffing ratios article in the contract.
Holtz Hospital made the most progress, meeting ratios 95% of the time and having the charge nurse free of assignment 99% of the time.
At Jackson North, after opening the sixth floor, staffing issues in the two telemetry units pulled down the numbers for the hospital as a whole. Management is challenged with hiring staff for the third and sixth floors and is also creating a float pool.
At Jackson South, staffing struggled to keep up with increased patient volumes, especially in the ICU and worked to handle daily issues.
The Quality Nursing and Career Development Committee (QNCD) met on March 15 to review the data. This was an opportunity for frontline RNs and management to discuss the challenges and suggest solutions related to staffing.
Management and union members talked creatively about several strategies to improve retention and recruitment, as we all agree the solution is to hire and retain qualified nurses.
Local 1991 President Marker Baker, RN, urged management to increase efforts to utilize our own nurses to market the many unique benefits of Jackson. Other committee members spoke about the need for more unit-based nurse educators to help train all the new hires. Several other strategies discussed related to per diem employees, sign-on bonuses and more.
Find more details of the QNCD meeting here.
A joint labor and management project to make lifting and handling patients at Jackson safer will soon be implemented for the first units to receive ceiling lifts and mobile equipment.
The energy was palpable in DTC Oct. 29 and 30, as Jackson management and SEIU Local 1991 members launched an exciting new partnership to transform Jackson’s culture into one of constant learning and collaboration at all levels.
The Quality Nursing and Career Development Committee launched its first meeting Feb. 20 to begin improving staffing ratios throughout the system.
Local 1991 negotiated new nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in the 2014-2017 contract.
The timing couldn’t be better. Patient volumes are up in many areas, which is good news, but also means more short-term staffing challenges.
The QNCD Committee, comprised of Local 1991 members and JHS management, will meet on a regular basis to discuss, prioritize and monitor the process of implementing the new ratios unit by unit.
The contract calls for the new ratios to be in place in at least 50% of units by April 1, 2015, and in all by Oct. 1, 2015. Click here for more information.
The QNCD Committee represents a true partnership between front-line employees and management and is a huge victory for us, our patients, and better quality care at JHS.
Meanwhile, Local 1991members have been steadily working with management at all levels to improve the number of posted positions. Posts are up by 20%, with priorities in the ICUs, ORs and ERs.