Staffing to Seasonality

May 26th, 2017 | Posted by Amber in MSP, Vendor Management

Staffing to Seasonality

Does your area’s population significantly fluctuate with the mercury level in your thermometer?

As more of our workforce takes the high road to retirement and chooses the life of a  snowbird, those fluctuations will likely become more dramatic.

In fact, the majority of snowbirds are baby boomers between the ages of 50 and 69. This generation is known to be active and they tend to be wealthy, well-educated, and adapt well to the snowbird lifestyle. Many snowbirds will eventually become “sunbirds” over time making their southern home their permanent residence while traveling back north for only a few months each year.

According to Florida Realtor Magazine, by 2025 one in every five people living in Florida will be elderly. That estimation is based on most baby boomers having reached retirement age about four years ago.

Likewise, the health care industry remains a powerful engine in Montana’s local economy, accounting for roughly 6,300 jobs and 21 percent of Flathead County’s total payroll. The industry is expected to grow faster than the national average over the next 10 years.

Healthcare facilities have far-reaching opportunities to allow these trends to guide planning and staffing decisions.

Use Your Data

If you make operations or HR decisions for your organization, consider taking a close look at prior year’s data and use that information to be ready for your next busy season. The last thing you want is for patient care to decline because you did not have enough staff on hand to fill demand. Similarly, your bottom line will appreciate a removal of any surplus during a slower season.

Many healthcare facility and hospital clients take care in adjusting for these anticipated population fluctuations during the summer and winter months. These facilities often call on VMS providers to develop and implement seasonal staffing models to mirror the work load trends of the various departments. Utilizing temporary healthcare professionals and travel nurses can mean keeping lock and step with demand.

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As we learned at the recent AONE Conference in Orlando, many facilities across the country are feeling the “nursing crunch” burn as more of the “seasoned” nurses are retiring.

If you’re in the healthcare industry, it’s no secret that demands for improved patient satisfaction, decreased patient wait times, and better nurse-patient interactions are increasing year over year. Recruitment and retention of quality staff grows right along with these patient demands.

Gear up for your next seasonal shift by hiring a VMS partner to help design a seasonal staffing plan that will work for your organization, existing team and bottom line. Want to know more about what PPR can do for you? Drop us a line at for more information. We’d love to work with you!

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