For businesses and facilities that run on shift basis, it is important to hire the services of a staffing coordinator. A hospital staffing coordinator ensures that the hospital’s staffing needs are fulfilled for each shift. Since it is important for a certain number of employees to be present in each shift, it is imperative for staffing coordinators to ensure that they are available, and that any shortages are managed properly.
Since hospitals are places where human life really matters, it is important to keep the facility well-staffed. Staff shortages is the worst thing that can happen to a hospital! A hospital staffing coordinator does not only ensure that there are enough people in a shift. It is also his or her responsibility to make sure that all shift workers adhere to the policies of the hospital. During a job selection process, a hospital staffing coordinator will be consulted to determine the best people to do the job – at times, he or she may also be required to provide training in whichever capacity the requirements fall in.
To work as a hospital staffing coordinator, you have to possess some background in HR related capacity. Your skills in handling people and resources must be excellent, and you will need to be well organized. Some of the main duties that you will find as part of your job description as a hospital staffing coordinator include:
• Gauge the need for staff members in each medical unit and arrange for personnel to be present for each shift
• Organize and create schedules for all staff members and ensure that they work accordingly
• Create and maintain daily staffing reports to verify staff members’ work hours, time off and inconsistencies in work
• Report any inconsistencies or open job positions to the human resource manager to ensure that hiring is done in time
• Assist the human resource department in interviewing, hiring and training new employees
• Provide assistance in orienting new employees to the hospital, particularly in understanding and adhering to protocols
• Create and implement tracking systems to trace staff members’ and their activities
• Conduct competency checks on both new and existing employees to ensure that the process runs smoothly
• Assist payroll managers to verify payroll accuracy by providing him or her with accurate attendance information
• Process employee vacation requests and ensure that substitutes are available to fill in
• Consult with nursing departments to ensure that their needs are fulfilled, before a staff crises arises