Staffing Matrix Instructions ATTACHED Scenario: You are the nurse leader of a 30-bed medical surgical unit and have to account for all staffing, including

Staffing Matrix Instructions ATTACHED Scenario: You are the nurse leader of a 30-bed medical surgical unit and have to account for all staffing, including any discrepancies. Using sound financial management principles, complete the “Staffing Matrix” (COMPLETED AND ATTACHED)

After completing the matrix, compose an 1,000-1,250-word reflection answering the following questions:

1. Why is it important to use a staffing matrix in your health care setting?

2. Briefly describe your staffing matrix. How many FTEs (full-time equivalent) on the staffing roster are required to cover daily needs? What units of services or work measurement did you use and why? What financial management principles did you use to determine your staffing matrix?

3. Explain how you adjusted your staffing based on changes in the patient census.

4. You receive your financial report for the month. You have used more FTEs than what was budgeted for your census. How will you make up the variance? How would you reallocate resources to make up for the variance and still comply with guidelines?

· Include two to four peer-reviewed references in your essay, including the textbook: Penner, S.J., 2016. Economics and financial management for nurses and nurse leaders. Springer Publishing Company.

Prepare according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide 7th edition.

This assignment uses a rubric (Below). Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations.

Benchmark – Staffing Matrix and Reflection – Rubric

Importance of a Staffing Matrix

10 points

Criteria Description

Importance of a Staffing Matrix

5. Excellent

10 points

The reflection substantially describes why it is important to use a staffing matrix in a health care setting.

4. Good

9.2 points

The reflection clearly describes why it is important to use a staffing matrix in a health care setting.

3. Satisfactory

8.8 points

The reflection provides a basic description of why it is important to use a staffing matrix in a health care setting.

2. Less Than Satisfactory

8 points

The reflection does not sufficiently describe why it is important to use a staffing matrix in a health care setting.

1. Unsatisfactory

0 points

The reflection provides an incomplete description of why it is important to use a staffing matrix in a health care setting.

Staffing Matrix Description (C6.4)

10 points

Criteria Description

Staffing Matrix Description (C6.4)

5. Excellent

10 points

The reflection comprehensively describes the staffing matrix, how many FTEs should be on the staffing roster to cover daily needs, the units of services or work measurement that were used, and the financial management principles that were used to determine the staffing matrix.

4. Good

9.2 points

The reflection thoroughly describes the staffing matrix, how many FTEs should be on the staffing roster to cover daily needs, the units of services or work measurement that were used, and the financial management principles that were used to determine the staffing matrix.

3. Satisfactory

8.8 points

The reflection clearly describes the staffing matrix, how many FTEs should be on the staffing roster to cover daily needs, the units of services or work measurement that were used, and the financial management principles that were used to determine the staffing matrix.

2. Less Than Satisfactory

8 points

The reflection vaguely describes the staffing matrix, how many FTEs should be on the staffing roster to cover daily needs, the units of services or work measurement that were used, and the financial management principles that were used to determine the staffing matrix.

1. Unsatisfactory

0 points

The reflection does not adequately describe the staffing matrix, FTEs should be on the staffing roster to cover daily needs, the units of services or work measurement that were used, and the financial management principles that were used to determine the staffing matrix.

Staffing Adjustments

10 points

Criteria Description

Staffing Adjustments

5. Excellent

10 points

The reflection thoroughly explains what adjustments were made to the staffing based on changes in the patient census.

4. Good

9.2 points

The reflection comprehensively explains what adjustments were made to the staffing based on changes in the patient census.

3. Satisfactory

8.8 points

The reflection clearly explains what adjustments were made to the staffing based on changes in the patient census.

2. Less Than Satisfactory

8 points

The reflection vaguely explains what adjustments were made to the staffing based on changes in the patient census.

1. Unsatisfactory

0 points

The reflection does not adequately explain what adjustments were made to the staffing based on changes in the patient census.

Variance

10 points

Criteria Description

Variance

5. Excellent

10 points

The essay includes a credible description about what will help make up the variance along with how to reallocate resources to make up for the variance while complying with guidelines.

4. Good

9.2 points

The essay includes a creative and realistic description about what will make up the variance, including how to reallocate resources to make up for the variance while complying with guidelines.

3. Satisfactory

8.8 points

The essay includes a realistic description about what will help make up the variance along with how to reallocate resources to make up for the variance while complying with guidelines.

2. Less Than Satisfactory

8 points

The essay includes a vague description about what will help make up the variance or how to reallocate resources to make up for the variance while complying with guidelines.

1. Unsatisfactory

0 points

The essay does not include a sufficient description about what will help make up the variance or how to reallocate resources to make up for the variance while complying with guidelines.

Matrix

30 points

Criteria Description

Matrix

5. Excellent

30 points

The matrix is completed with appropriate staffing numbers.

4. Good

27.6 points

Not Applicable

3. Satisfactory

26.4 points

The matrix is completed with mostly appropriate staffing numbers.

2. Less Than Satisfactory

24 points

Not Applicable

1. Unsatisfactory

0 points

The matrix is not completed with appropriate staffing numbers

Thesis Development and Purpose

7 points

Criteria Description

Thesis Development and Purpose

5. Excellent

7 points

Thesis is comprehensive and contains the essence of the paper. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.

4. Good

6.44 points

Thesis is clear and forecasts the development of the paper. Thesis is descriptive and reflective of the arguments and appropriate to the purpose.

3. Satisfactory

6.16 points

Thesis is apparent and appropriate to purpose.

2. Less Than Satisfactory

5.6 points

Thesis is insufficiently developed or vague. Purpose is not clear.

1. Unsatisfactory

0 points

Paper lacks any discernible overall purpose or organizing claim.

Argument Logic and Construction

8 points

Criteria Description

Argument Logic and Construction

5. Excellent

8 points

Clear and convincing argument that presents a persuasive claim in a distinctive and compelling manner. All sources are authoritative.

4. Good

7.36 points

Argument shows logical progressions. Techniques of argumentation are evident. There is a smooth progression of claims from introduction to conclusion. Most sources are authoritative.

3. Satisfactory

7.04 points

Sufficient justification of claims is lacking. Argument lacks consistent unity. There are obvious flaws in the logic. Some sources have questionable credibility.

2. Less Than Satisfactory

6.4 points

Argument is orderly, but may have a few inconsistencies. The argument presents minimal justification of claims. Argument logically, but not thoroughly, supports the purpose. Sources used are credible. Introduction and conclusion bracket the thesis.

1. Unsatisfactory

0 points

Statement of purpose is not justified by the conclusion. The conclusion does not support the claim made. Argument is incoherent and uses noncredible sources.

Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use)

5 points

Criteria Description

Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use)

5. Excellent

5 points

Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.

4. Good

4.6 points

Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. The writer uses a variety of effective sentence structures and figures of speech.

3. Satisfactory

4.4 points

Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but they are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct and varied sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are employed.

2. Less Than Satisfactory

4 points

Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register) or word choice are present. Sentence structure is correct but not varied.

1. Unsatisfactory

0 points

Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice or sentence construction is used.

Paper Format (Use of appropriate style for the major and assignment)

5 points

Criteria Description

Paper Format (Use of appropriate style for the major and assignment)

5. Excellent

5 points

All format elements are correct.

4. Good

4.6 points

Template is fully used; There are virtually no errors in formatting style.

3. Satisfactory

4.4 points

Template is used, and formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present.

2. Less Than Satisfactory

4 points

Template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken; lack of control with formatting is apparent.

1. Unsatisfactory

0 points

Template is not used appropriately or documentation format is rarely followed correctly.

Documentation of Sources

5 points

Criteria Description

Documentation of Sources (citations, footnotes, references, bibliography, etc., as appropriate to assignment and style)

5. Excellent

5 points

Sources are completely and correctly documented, as appropriate to assignment and style, and format is free of error.

4. Good

4.6 points

Sources are documented, as appropriate to assignment and style, and format is mostly correct.

3. Satisfactory

4.4 points

Sources are documented, as appropriate to assignment and style, although some formatting errors may be present.

2. Less Than Satisfactory

4 points

Sources are not documented.

1. Unsatisfactory

0 points

Documentation of sources is inconsistent or incorrect, as appropriate to assignment and style, with numerous formatting errors.

Total 100 points

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