The “restructuring” of the health system in the 1990s created shockwaves that are still being felt today. Shortages of staff and infrastructure along with rising populations have combined to drive many units into overcapacity situations. Dealing with overcapacity was once seen as a temporary problem, but increasingly it is becoming a chronic staffing and patient care issue. The BCNU has demonstrated that as overcapacity has shifted from an acute to a chronic issue, more sustained approaches need to be taken to deal with bed shortages, work flows and nursing health. Applying new approaches like the Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care initiative, in the presence of strong leadership, could help alleviate this and other staff and productivity pressures.
Overcapacity and Productivity
Regina Young, NLNU
Regina is an operating room nurse, in charge of the orthopedic service. Married for 31 years, she has a 29-year-old daughter who lives in Qatar. Regina likes to sew, read, and do crafts. She and her husband enjoy camping and, their newes…