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.
Articles| August 01 2001
Self-scheduling and staff incentives: meeting patient care needs in a neonatal intensive care unit
Crit Care Nurse (2001) 21 (4): 52-59.
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E Vetter, LD Felice, GL Ingersoll; Self-scheduling and staff incentives: meeting patient care needs in a neonatal intensive care unit. Crit Care Nurse 1 August 2001; 21 (4): 52–59. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2001.21.4.52
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