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Staffing During a Pandemic

By: Kevin P. Harris, MSN-HCSM, RN, NE-BC

The year 2020 has left a lasting impact on us all, but especially the healthcare industry.  Uncertainty and fear of the unknown were a constant over the past eleven (11) months. Daily treatment changes of how we respond to COVID-19, lack of appropriate PPE, minimal testing kits, an exhausted frontline staff, and confusion in reporting or who to test, all lead to a restructuring of how we deliver care to our patients.

A Little About Me

I manage the Central Staffing office, Nursing Administration Operations, and System Flex for a large HealthCare system in the Texas Medical Center.  I have been a nurse for seventeen (17) years and have been in some form of leadership for the past eight (8) years.

Staffing is a passion.  I see it as one of the most important factors in providing safe and quality patient care.

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COVID-19 Pressures 

Early March we began to experience daily increases in our COVID-19 positive cases system-wide.  Reaching almost six hundred at one point.  The Texas Governor called for a complete shutdown. We canceled all elective procedures, limited visitors, and began to implement screening stations at all our entrances.  Not only were our cases of COVID-19 increasing but these patients were sick (ECMO, CRRT, etc.). These patients began to fill the majority of our critical care beds.  We began to open up old units to make room for the increasing COVID-19 population.

This put an extreme amount of pressure to provide adequate and competent staff due to the complexity of these patients.


Since all elective and outpatient procedures were canceled, we developed classes for our surgery, cath lab, and ancillary departments to take to get them back to the bedside. We also trained ancillary staff on how to prone patients and staffed runners to assist the bedside RN.  Even with the additional staff, our frontline staff began to test positive. We had already started hiring travel RNs, but the pressure was on us to onboard qualified contract nurses on the floors as quickly as possible.

We contracted with several agencies and formed a hybrid onboarding process. This allowed us to get nurses at the bedside in five (5) days.

Currently, our numbers are consistent, but no one can predict the future.  As an organization, we are committed to learning to adjust to the new normal of COVID-19 and keep all services open to our community. That is our obligation to all patients and our employee’s livelihood. As we continue to learn daily, keeping our patients at the center of all we do should be at the forefront of our thoughts and actions!

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Crisis Response Healthcare Staffing – Offering Short Term Contracts with Nurses

The past several weeks have shook the healthcare system in ways we have never seen before. In recent years there has been a shortage of registered nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout the U.S., yet we are seeing many healthcare workers without work today.

While unfortunately some nurses are choosing to leave during this time due to the risk associated, many nurses are being let go due to a decrease of scheduled surgeries and a need to transform med surg floors into critical care units to help combat COVID-19.

Crisis Response Healthcare Staffing

There is still a high need for healthcare workers around the U.S. today, that has not changed. With many nurses finding themselves with no work or wanting to work more during this pandemic, temporary contract work is the solution.

FleetNurse is offering crisis response healthcare staffing to help connect healthcare workers with short-term contracts at local facilities. The original business model of FleetNurse was not like a typical staffing agency; instead offering only per diem on-demand healthcare staffing. But with recent events, FleetNurse has decided to offer short-term contracts with nurses and hospitals in addition to per diem work.

The Texas Medical Center, for example, is a hotspot for COVID-19 care. With a high need for specialized healthcare staff, hospitals have no choice but to outsource nurses on a temporary basis for the coming months. FleetNurse is proud to assist the Texas Medical Center during this time with their services.

FleetNurse has a network of thousands of healthcare workers, including many critical care nurses. Many nurses in this network have decided to offer care on the front line for the next 4+ weeks. This not only transplants nurses who may be out of work from other facilities downsizing staff for the next couple months, but it assists those who need it the most in COVID-19 units. It’s a win-win.

Please stay safe and healthy in these unprecedented times.

FleetNurse’s short-term healthcare staffing services can assist other facilities upon request. Learn more at:

2,000+ Healthcare Professionals Have Joined the Gig-Economy. Have You?

The gig-economy is growing every day and industry leaders are starting to realize that per diem workers are a valuable resource.

FleetNurse is taking the healthcare staffing industry by storm with innovative technology that is making the gig-economy accessible and realistic within such a regulated space. With the booming demand of healthcare professionals today, many healthcare facilities are looking for new ways to fill their staffing gaps. And that’s why FleetNurse was created.

FleetNurse is an on-demand healthcare staffing solution that allows facility managers to request quality per diem staff on short-notice.

With only nine months from launching FleetNurse in April of 2019 and targeting only four very specific regions in the U.S., over 2,000 healthcare professionals have joined the FleetNurse network.

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Who is joining and why?

These healthcare professionals consist of Registered Nurses, Licenced Vocational/Practical Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, Surgical Technologists and just recently, Radiology Technologists. Most of which live in the Texas market, where FleetNurse first launched.

The healthcare professionals who join FleetNurse have the complete freedom to choose if they want to pick up per diem shifts. Many of them have full-time or part-time jobs and enjoy the freedom of being able to work shifts when it fits within their schedule.

The structured credentialing process also makes joining FleetNurse accessible to the numbers. FleetNurse follows the Joint Commission Standards of healthcare staffing as well as adding specific facility requirements. Healthcare professionals appreciate the ease of mobile credentialing by simply uploading their documents via the FleetNurse app. Once a FleetNurse Credentialing Specialist verifies these documents, FleetNurse can move forward in the off-line credentialing parts.

There are no costs to the healthcare professionals to go through the credentialing process and become an approved FleetNurse.

Facilities are catching wind

Now that FleetNurse has an extensive pool of over 2,000 healthcare professionals looking to pick up per diem shifts, a variety of healthcare facilities are signing on with FleetNurse. On-demand healthcare staffing has finally met its solution.

From large hospital systems to independent skilled nursing facilities, FleetNurse is bringing a new age of staffing that will result in an increase in patient satisfaction and safety with proper staffing levels.

Join FleetNurse Today

To join as a FleetNurse healthcare professional, get started by downloading the app today. Available on the Apple Store and Google Play. FAQ for Healthcare Professionals.

To utilize FleetNurse as a tool for your facility, contact Corina Pigg, FleetNurse’s Director of Sales, at FAQ for Facilities.

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Ensuring Quality in Per Diem Nurses

Staffing plays a large part in patient outcomes, and it’s essential to understand that the quality of the staff is critical to patient safety. When putting patient safety first, we must acknowledge the critical nature of providing quality healthcare providers.

After being a Healthcare Recruiter and Credentialing Specialist at Mckenzie Willamette for 7 years, now working for FleetNurse, I’ve seen first hand what it takes to credential for quality. Continue reading “Ensuring Quality in Per Diem Nurses”

COVID-19 Updates

FleetNurse is proud to continue offering emergency healthcare staffing services during this time. If your healthcare facility is in need of temporary staff, please call (541) 255-0018 today. If you are a provider you can also view our current employment opportunities.

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