July 17, 2016
Home Care Scenario
Short staffing is unfortuanately something that all areas of healthcare are experiencing right now. If as a new manager of a home health agency I started experiencing short staffing that would create problems expecting new patients I would be responsible for addressing the situation. The discussion will talk about budget, staffing, and appropriate funding for the organization.
To begin, I would address the shortage by looking at available resources. Perhaps we could hire CMA’s or LPN’s to fill positions of clients that do not need the direct care of a Registered Nurse. There also needs to be delegation of staffing. “Effective delegation is increasingly important when there is a reduction in staff.” (Ward, 2013) In these situations it would be cost effective and more efficient for staffing if you were able to have medical assistants or license nurse practioners were able to fill spots instead of registered nurse due to variation inn pair and availability for staffing.
When it comes to funding for the organization it is important to take a look at where the money is coming from. Grants are available for funding and can different organizations could be able to apply for grants. “Local and state governments offer various grants for non-profit organizations to use in a variety of ways” (Roberts, 2016) Also, available for funding is local donor groups that fund non-profit organizations. Some donors would be more willing to donate to organizations in need specifically if there has been a history excellent patient care and on time services.
In conclusion, managing an organization when it comes to budgeting for staffing is sometimes difficult. It is important to remain inside budget but also have enough staffing to allow for continous expansion of the organization. Without making budget cuts you would have to look at also expanding funding. Other ways to stretch the budget would be to hire other...