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Does your ward have policies for drawing up the roster?

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A UK nursing study has suggested that there is a need for clear policies on rostering that define staff levels, skill mix and shift patterns. It found that rosters were “highly politicised” and rule governing how nursing staff were scheduled were  “undocumented, tacit and informal”.

What do you think?

  • How are the rules for the roster defined in your clinical area?
  • Are the rules  transparent and fair?
  • Have electronic rostering systems resulted in a more equitable system?
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Readers' comments (1)

  • There should be a trust-wide policy, which is published, with only a minimal number of additional "rules" for individual wards areas.

    The system is fairer as it is transparent and providing it is maintained and managed well, with regular updating and a good eRoster team in place it will achieve a great deal.

    Requests for off duty can be seen by all staff and should help balance annual leave also across each roster.

    Being able to request online, remotely, is a benefit as is the use of eTimesheets - the latter especially saves time and costs enabling funds to be put to better use for patient care.

    As you can tell, I am fully in favour of this particular technology.

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