- Article: Hurst K (2011) Are temporary ward staff cost effective? Nursing Times; 107: 37, early online publication.
- Author: Keith Hurst is an independent researcher and analyst from Nottinghamshire.
- More than half of UK nurses do temporary work.
- Wards with permanent staff only have less sickness absence and are better staffed.
- Wards with permanent and temporary staff have a greater workload than those with only permanent staff.
- Permanent staff-only wards have higher ward quality scores than those that also have temporary staff.
- Ward managers should monitor temporary staffing and its effects.
- Why do you think ward using agency and bank staff have lower quality scores than wards with permanent staff only?
To think about:
- How do you introduce temporary staff to your ward? How do you know this is effective?
- What strategies could you use to ensure temporary staff understand their role and
responsibilities in your ward team?
- If you work as a bank or agency nurse what advice would you give ward staff about
introducing you to the ward and team?
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