PRO Conversation: Pandemic Staffing Challenges and Solutions

By lisa,

A float pool may be the answer to providing excellent care for patients and alleviating the additional pressure placed on life-critical specialty clinics during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

“As a dialysis nurse, I am committed to providing excellent care and maintaining a schedule to ensure all patients receive their treatments in a timely manner.  Being on dialysis, is equivalent to a part time job, and my patients depend on maintaining a routine.  Dialysis easily takes 12+ hours out of their lives weekly.  When staffing is short, patients have to wait to begin their treatments and miss out on other planned activities.

From a provider standpoint, I start my day at 4:30 a.m. Patients begin treatment as early as 5am, and the last appointment is at 6 p.m.  Like the rest of us, healthcare providers occasionally get sick, and they need to be confident that their patients along with their teammates are being taken care of when they are unable to come to work.

Having a float pool to call when a teammate takes a leave of absence, maternity leave, and/or there is an unforeseen sickness would alleviate the stress that healthcare workers feel when these things arise.  This would help current staff, who already works long hours on their feet, not to feel helpless when a teammate is unable to work.  It would build the morale of teammates knowing that our management recognizes the work we are doing, and that there is no expectation to work when sick, work longer hours, or forgo breaks to keep up with the workload in a 12-14 hour shift.”

—  Rachael Nuscher, BSN-RN

As the Covid 19 Pandemic continues to spread, OPA Staffing is ramping up to make floater pools available to support many of the speciality clinics in the Atlanta area, including dialysis, COPD. cancer, and cystic fibrosis clinics.

“Dialysis Clinics have regular clients that require time-sensitive, life-saving procedures. When these procedures are not conducted according to the prescribed schedule, patients frequently require hospitalization. We are putting credentialed teams together to float in and fill crucial medically-necessary positions. Having qualified healthcare workers available and ready to go supports our hospital systems, as well as Atlanta area chronic care facilities during the present COVID-19 pandemic.”

— Maggie Deason, MS, MBA, SLP, Director Medical Staffing at OPA Staffing

“This is our opportunity to support the community during this difficult time. OPA Staffing services are an important component of helping the medical communities on many different levels. The floater pools suggested by Rachael and Maggie help keep critical procedures on schedule and support patient outcomes and comfort. Furthermore, our supporting role will help  ensure that clinic overflow does not unnecessarily burden hospitals during the current pandemic.”

— OPA Staffing CEO, Stephen E. Deason

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OPA Staffing Opens in North Metro Atlanta

By lisa,

Amidst the uncertainty of the Corona Virus reaching pandemic status in the U.S. this week, OPA Staffing moved its offices into the strategically located Pavilion Center in Roswell, Georgia and opened its door for business. While the new location had been in the planning process for months, OPA Staffing is definitively poised to support the onslaught of medical care predicted to be needed in the oncoming weeks and months as the country gears up to battle Covid 19.

OPA Staffing’s
new office space,
located in the
Pavilion Center at
9755 Dogwood
Rd., in Roswell,
OPA Staffing’s new office space, strategically located in the
Pavilion Center at 9755 Dogwood Rd., in Roswell, Georgia

Along with the OPA Staffing offices, the building offers 24-Hour access, additional conferencing areas, and an Atrium. “The building is ideal for OPA Staffing, because it offers all the amenities to help us grow in an easy to access location,” said CEO Stephen E. Deason.

Located on the GA 400 corridor, one of the fastest growing sub-regions in the Metro Atlanta area, the office space is easily accessible from both Atlanta as well as the northern suburbs. Public transit is available on the Red Line from the North Springs Station, via the 185 Bus.

“The Red Line connection and the Medical Center Marta Station was one of the factors we took into consideration when we selected this location,” said Deason. “It is located near one of Atlanta’s major medical hubs on the northern perimeter of the city. There are dozens of hospitals including, Northside, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory, St. Joseph, as well as many, medical offices and clinics.”

CEO Stephen Deason explains the principles of the OPA RASA Group
and its inherent synergy with its new medical staffing agency.

OPA Staffing provides a full range of clinical and administrative staff to facilities, including but not limited to RNs, LPNs, Vocational Nurses, Certified Nurse Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Travel Medical Assistants, Therapists and their Assistants. They also place and hire
Rehabilitative, Respiratory, Radiology, and Laboratory Professionals; Pharmacists; Dental Hygienists and Assistants; Healthcare Administrative Personnel, and many other Allied Healthcare Administrative Personnel.
“We recruit highly-qualified, expertly-trained medical professionals with the required skills, attitude, education, experience and work ethic to meet the exacting standards of each healthcare facility,” said OPA RASA VP Systems, Lisa Wilson.

“We are committed to work collaboratively to deliver the highest level of service that meets the mission and culture of our valued clients.”

– VP Systems Lisa Wilson

Left to right: CFO Darrell Vandover; Staffing Operations Chris Wiley; CEO Stephen E. Deason; and Recruiter Denel Sims during a training session at the new location.

The staff is trained to understand the needs of every facility or practice, including expectations, requirements, environment and organizational culture. Their team of consultants matches staffing needs with exactly the right candidate, whether it be per diem, contract staff, permanent placement, travel, or temp to perm assignments.

As a full-service recruitment/staffing agency, they understand that hiring high caliber, experienced candidates to work with patients is of the utmost importance. All candidates are properly trained, screened and credentialed, utilizing The Joint Commission Accreditation Standards and Department of Health Regulations. “We meet your staffing needs and optimize your workforce, while ensuring all staffing placements are mutually stress free for employers and candidates,” said Deason.

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