One way to take the “swing” out of patient census is to create mini-hospitals within your organization, as did our client David Duda, vice president of patient care services at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Ill.
“I used to lose sleep figuring out how to staff one med-surg unit,” Duda recalls. “The census would swing between 48 and 16.” Now he can tell nurses the unit’s target census and how many patients each nurse can expect, and it has become “one of our easier units to staff,” he says. His flexible unit for medical-surgical ranges between 12 and 25 patients. Find out how he did it.