Each year, ECRI releases its Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns list identifying potential sources of danger for patients and staff. We believe these risks require the greatest focus for the coming year. This year, we named healthcare staffing shortages as the top item on the list.
One strategy for fighting the nursing shortage is to supplement registered nurses with staff from other disciplines, including licensed practical nurses (LPNs). In this episode, we talk with nurse leaders from Allegheny Health Network (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) about their innovative blended staffing model that encourages LPNs to return to acute care, along with other programs to help bolster staffing, like incentivizing nurses who have left the workforce to return to practice. They describe challenges in implementing these strategies and tips that can help leaders develop targeted solutions that meet each organization’s, and each unit’s, needs.
Learn more about ECRI’s Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns 2022 and download the report today.