The Nurse Manager's Guide to Innovative Staffing, Third Edition

The Nurse Manager's Guide to Innovative Staffing, Third Edition, is a practical guide that can give you a handle on every staffing issue, from assessing your current challenges to implementing updated care delivery models to leveraging innovative solutions.

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This book provides a comprehensive overview of staffing, from budgeting to scheduling, daily staff adjustments, and data analytics. It serves as a wonderful resource for both practical approaches and innovation in nurse staffing.

Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN
CEO, Weston Consulting, LLC
Past CEO, American Nurses Association

This remarkable book sets the standard for leading practices with staffing and scheduling.

Karlene M. Kerfoot, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chief Nursing Officer, Symplr

These two authors have developed an amazing book that will fulfill two major purposes: an orientation guide for new nurse managers and a refresher for experienced nurse managers as they ponder the staffing implications of a new model of care.

Rhonda Anderson, DNSc(h), MPA, RN, FAAN, LFACHE, FACHT
Consultant/Surveyor, Global Healthcare Accreditation

The safe staffing crisis now facing the nursing profession is further amplified by the nurse shortage and continuing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. There are no easy answers, but there are resources that can help.

In this book, readers will find:

  • NEW: Pandemic-informed staffing plans and ethical considerations for emergency management situations
  • NEW: Deeper dives into artificial intelligence and virtual care
  • NEW: Considerations for internationally educated nurses
  • Detailed staffing plan, policy, and delivery model examples
  • Turnkey calculation worksheets for full-time equivalencies (FTEs), PTO, and productive vs. nonproductive time
  • Sound strategies for introducing new processes and technology
  • Real-world staffing experiences from frontline managers
  • Staffing and scheduling plans optimized for rural and critical access hospitals


  • Part 1: Understanding Staffing
  • Chapter 1: Nursing Fundamentals for Staffing
  • Chapter 2: The Current State of Staffing
  • Part 2: Researching & Operating Safe Staffing Principles and Practices
  • Chapter 3: Start with Understanding Your Unit’s Care Delivery Model
  • Chapter 4: Maximize the Capacity and Capabilities of Your RN Workforce
  • Chapter 5: Empower All Disciplines to Practice to Their Full Scope
  • Chapter 6: Recognize, Manage, and Minimize Your Variability
  • Chapter 7: Target Technology That Improves Staffing and Outcomes
  • Chapter 8: Pulling Your Data Together
  • Part 3: Staffing Tools and Models
  • Chapter 9: Innovative Care Delivery Models
  • Chapter 10: Outside the Hospital Walls
  • Chapter 11: Examples of Staffing Plans, Policies, and Committees
  • Epilogue


  • Chapter 2: The Current State of Staffing
  • Author Bio

These free downloads are available at the Sigma Repository.


Jennifer Mensik Kennedy, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is an author and presenter and serves as the 38th President of the American Nurses Association. In this national leadership role, she boldly advocates for the nation’s 5.5 million RNs.

Brienne Sandow, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer at St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center and Eagle Medical Plaza, part of the St. Luke’s Health System in Idaho.