"Manage overtime and call pay by appropriately scheduling, using agency staff or float pools to fill in vacancies, and initiating an approval process with few people authorized to sign off on it, said
Denice Soyring-Higman, RN, BSN, MSN, president of Soyrnig Consulting in St. Petersburg, Fla.
She estimates a 300-bed hospital can save $2 million annually by properly managing overtime.
Educate charge nurses and other off-hours, front-line managers in the business aspects of health care delivery to help them realize the cost consequences of the decisions they make, Soyring-Higman added.
Staff according to expected volume, not evenly each day of the week, Soyring-Higman advised."
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