The ability to effectively hire, select, schedule, train, and evaluate other nurses
What is it?
Staffing is, in essence, effective human resource management. It includes evaluating staffing patterns, understanding employee needs, and matching staff competency with patient condition.
Why is it important?
Given the special nature of the nursing profession, proper staffing is essential. Hiring competent nurses and training them properly helps ensure both that the nurses possess necessary skills as well as that the patients receive proper treatment. Evaluating the needs of each individual department, clinic, or hospital, is also critical in assuring that the right people are distributed to fitting positions and serving patients accordingly in the most optimal way.