The fact is, someone has to take the time to order supplies, open boxes, stock items and be responsible for ongoing inventory. Facilities can solve this issue one of two ways—hire a dedicated supply chain manager or outsource the role to a group purchasing organization (GPO). In either case, a dedicated budget is needed for this essential business function.
TAKE NURSES OUT OF DAY-TO-DAY SUPPLY CHAIN ACTIVITIES
Nurses have difficult, stressful and oftentimes thankless jobs. According to healthcare survey firm PRC in its National Nursing Engagement Report:
- 15.6% of nurses feel burnout.
- 97% of nurses who were burned out but didn’t plan to quit reported feeling emotionally exhausted. The demand for nurses is expected to grow by 15% by 2026.
“Burnout is an important topic in healthcare today,” the report’s authors told nurse.org. “We are asking nurses to do more with fewer resources. At the same time, nurses must be compassionate caregivers, technical experts, clinicians and experts.”
Compared to other industries, nurses have a high rate of turnover. In addition, by 2024, the shortage of registered nurses is expected to reach 1.13 million. Asking nurses to also serve