"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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Denice Soyring-Higman, RN, BSN, MSN, founder and president of Soyring Consulting, a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based clinical health care consulting company, said it pays to evaluate “any and all cultures” in the community surrounding a hospital to find out if there are cultural norms that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to patient care.
Soyring Consulting, a clinical health care consulting company, has hired employees with IT and marketing expertise and is getting ready to start two new service lines. “We think a lot of our competition has cut R&D and marketing,” says Adam Higman. “For example, at some of the conventions we’ve been to as a part of our marketing efforts, we’re the only consulting firm there, which would have been unheard of before the recession. We’re really trying to use this as an opportunity to get a leg up once things do turn around.”