A Nurse’s Experience Helps Streamline Nursing Processes
NurseGrid was created by nurses, for nurses and nurse leaders, in order to streamline communication, staffing, and scheduling in nursing departments. The app, which was created in 2013 and is now used in hospitals across the country, serves as a calendar and communication tool for nurses to manage their schedules, and a platform for managers to oversee scheduling, ultimately increasing the productivity of both nurses and managers.
We recently spoke to Joe about what led to the development of NurseGrid and the importance of nurse entrepreneurship.
I went to nursing school at the University of Portland and graduated in 2004. I worked as a 911 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider and an ED ambulance tech during nursing school. I served as president of the local National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) chapter and president of the board of the Oregon Student Nurses’ Association, and had national involvement in NSNA.
I also became heavily involved in the Oregon Center for Nursing Programming. After graduation, I worked as an agency registered nurse (RN), which allowed me to fill critical roles in hospitals when there was outstanding need, and during that time I began to realize how workforce and workflow problems were consistent across settings.
I knew that solid technology could reverse these pain points and create a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce, while at the same time improving the bottom line for hospitals and creating better outcomes for patients.
NurseGrid also helps managers keep up with the constant flow of shift swap requests. Hospitals using our technology spent 73 percent less of their time on shift swaps. With the vast amount of swap requests that can come in, some managers have to set aside half of their day just to process them. With NurseGrid, it takes just a few clicks.
We have to find ways to innovate in order to make both the profession and the industry better for everyone. We can’t sit around and expect it to just get better.
Speak up! Find ways to present the problem, consequences of the problem, potential solutions, and the potential outcome of those solutions. Build strong relationships and look for leadership opportunities. Explore how others have solved similar problems and always try to use evidence-based practice.
To learn more about NurseGrid and how the innovative technology is helping make the nursing profession more efficient, visit NurseGrid.com.