Nursing staff and leadership in a resource-intensive NICU identified an innovative process for covering the unit's scheduling needs. Early concerns about the feasibility of achieving self-scheduling with a large staff were unwarranted. The use of a unit-based committee and the support of the nurse manager allowed us to develop a process that met the needs of the staff members and maintained the staffing standards of the unit. Contributing to the success of the self-scheduling is a mechanism for recognizing and rewarding staff members who adjust their work schedules to meet the needs of the unit. Satisfaction among staff members with self-scheduling is high, and new employees cite the opportunity for self-scheduling as a contributing factor in their decisions to work in the NICU.

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