​Staffing Facts

Staffing plans at EMMC are based on a broad set of criteria, recognized nationally to be important variables in optimum nursing care. Staffing on individual units is planned by nurse managers with input from staff, with consideration for the acuity of the patients on the unit, anticipated admission and discharge activity, and the skills and experience of the individual nurses. In addition, EMMC’s nurse staffing model includes nursing technicians to assist nurses with their assignments and the care of their patients, creating care teams. Staffing flexes depending on the patient volume on nursing units and any concerns individual nurses may have concerning assignments are expected to be reviewed and addressed immediately.

Along with our full time staff, we currently have resource nurses available on most of our adult units. A resource nurse is an extra nurse available in the case that acuity or volume increases.

EMMC has created additional flexibility by developing a supplemental staffing team of nurses who are assigned to different units each day based on the needs of our patients. This team helps departments cover call outs and allows EMMC to more rapidly flex staff as patient volume and acuity change. 

EMMC provides data about staffing on all of its adult medical/surgical units. Our intention is to reassure our community and our patients that leadership at EMMC is continuing to support and provide for high quality, safe nursing care.

Actual Nurse Staffing Levels
The graphs and data on the following pages take a look as far back as August 2010 to illustrate actual staffing at EMMC, on every adult medical/surgical unit, on every shift. EMMC’s information is shown alongside nationally accepted staffing levels as a basis for comparison.