Nashoba Valley Medical Center - Acute Care Unit

Acute Care
Acute Care Unit
Adult & Pediatric Medical / Surgical Combined
57 Hospital Licensed Beds
Date of Services Budgeted: FY 2012

A well-staffed unit is not only defined by the number of caregivers included in the team, but by the carefully chosen members of each team depending upon the needs of each patient and the unit overall.
Average Number of Patients Per Day: 16.95

      Number of Staff
Direct Caregivers Scheduled Hours Shift Length Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
  Day Shift
RN 7am-3pm 8.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00
LPN 7am-3pm 8.00   1.00       1.00 1.00
Unlicensed Assistive Personnel 7am-3pm 8.00 2.00 1.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 1.00 1.00
  Evening Shift
RN 3pm-11pm 8.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00
LPN 3pm-11pm 8.00   0.38       0.38 0.38
Unlicensed Assistive Personnel 3pm-11pm 8.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00
  Night Shift
RN 11pm-7am 8.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00
LPN 11pm-7am 8.00              
Unlicensed Assistive Personnel 11pm-7am 8.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00

    Plan / Budgeted Direct WHPPD
(Worked Hours Per Patient Day)
    Actual Worked Hours Per Patient Day 8.74
    % Difference 22.07%
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Additional Care Team Members
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Skills Shift Coverage
  Day Evening Night
Unit Nurse Management X    
Staff Educator X    
Clinical Nurse Specialist      
Unit Clerical Support X X  
1:1 Patient Observer X X X
Admissions Nurse      
Patient Transport Team X    
IV Therapy Team / Line Access      
Monitor Technician      
Rapid Response Team X X X
Respiratory Therapy Support X X X
Nutritionist X    
Rehab Activities (OT, PT, Speech) X    
Clinical Pharmacist X X  
Licensed Social Services / Case Management X    
Spiritual Services      
Hospitalist / NP / PA X X X
Intensivist / Neonatologist      
Nursing Student X    
Recreation / Milieu Therapist      
Intern / Resident      
The list of caregivers in these boxes were provided to all hospitals.
Additional Unit Information:
Phasing out the LPN role moving towards the BSN workforce 24 / 7 hospitalist team Security is available for patient watch situations Certified nursing assistants for patient safety watches Nurse manager physically present days into evening but available 24/7 Staff educator shared with other units Pharmacist on call after 9 pm PT availbale til 8 pm
There are many variables to consider in establishing safe, efficiently staffed hospital units. Patient care units differ based upon the types of patients cared for on a given unit, and the way in which care is organized and delivered there. Education and experience levels of unit staff, support from nurse educators and nurse managers also factor into unit staffing decisions, as does the unique characteristics and mission of each hospital. It is also important to look at patient outcomes (including fall rates, pressure ulcer rates, and Hospital Compare measures related to heart attack care, heart failure care, pneumonia care and surgical care) in the Performance Measures section of PatientCareLink.

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