At the hospital, not everything is about the patients. You have to talk to your co-workers and mold them into a team prepared for anything that comes their way. You are responsible for ensuring that you are functioning as efficiently as possible and working with all of your assets at your disposal. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, especially when you are busy dealing with casualties at the hospital. Here are four ways to increase efficiency at a small hospital.
1. Communicate More Effectively
You know your co-workers pretty well and understand what they’re capable of doing. But that doesn’t mean that they’re performing up to their full capabilities or can’t do better at what they do best. There’s no point in getting discouraged if you know that your co-workers can do better than what they’re doing. So talk to them and let them know how they can improve. There is a shortage of nurses in the nation, and employers should offer incentives to get them to work at hospitals, says John Zane, president at Zane Associates, part of St. Louis-based Johnson & Higgins Inc., a health care company with more than 100 nurses on staff at their three locations.
2. Use Healthcare Managed It Service to Improve Efficiency and Patient Flow
At a large hospital, patients are diagnosed and administered medications by different specialties. They are then transferred to other departments and another floor. In a small hospital, that is not the case. Each patient is given care by the same nurses who treat them continuously from when they enter the hospital till they leave it. This form of continuous care is known as healthcare-managed IT services. Everyone works with one another using information technology rather than only one department per individual patient.
3. Take Advantage of Resources
The hospital’s phone system will be a powerful tool that you can use to connect easily with your co-workers. It can be used to track calls, and co-workers can be alerted about what needs to be done. It can alert them about any patient who has just arrived at the emergency room or asked for help because they are overworked.
4. Give High-Performing Co-Workers Bonuses so that They Can Increase Their Motivation
When you have high-performing co-workers, it is essential that they stay motivated and don’t end up burning out in the process. It’s no secret that you tend to do well in your job when you get paid well. You will be motivated to at least try to do your job as well as possible, dedicate yourself to it, and focus on doing it well.
There are so many people at a large hospital that it isn’t always easy to keep everyone working together. But if you are in charge of a small one, it is your job to make sure that all the workers in the hospital are working as efficiently and effectively as possible. It would help if you used all of your strengths and weaknesses as a person to train others and retain what you know about your co-workers.