This past week, I hosted a series of virtual conversations with CNOs to discuss workforce and staffing readiness plans in preparing for a Covid-19 surge. Session participants represented all regions of the country, with some already experiencing a significant surge and others up to four weeks out. CNOs identified many ideas, but also raised questions that have yet to be answered.
What follows is an executive summary of the insights collected from these sessions, which is offered to assist you with staffing decisions. Your plan’s priority and sequencing will be influenced by when and how severe a Covid-19 surge is predicted for your locale, your pre-Covid-19 workforce demographics, and decisions about whether Covid-positive and symptomatic patients are to be geographically isolated within specific units, or if part of a system, certain sites. Regardless of which ideas you pursue, one thing is clear: everything that can be done in advance, should be done in advance.