Health Workforce Innovations in Response to the COVID Pandemic
Emergency resource management of nursing manpower in Wuhan
The hospital faced an influx of highly infectious COVID-19 patients.
The leadership team adjusted priorities in nursing work according to the hospital’s actual situation, and formulated nursing work systems for the fever outpatient clinics and quarantine ward, as well as the corresponding standards for staff, to ensure that nursing work adheres to guidelines and standards.
The workforce management plan for the fever outpatient clinics and the quarantine ward involved rigorous and scientific selection of qualified nursing staff, the construction of a "sustainable support echelon" to ensure sufficient personnel in the COVID clinics and quarantine ward which maintaining quality care throughout the hospital. Nurses were dispatched to areas of need based on their echelon and back-up was available in case of personnel insufficiency.
Personnel were deployed in a staggered rotation in the two key departments once per month. After completing their month, nurses would rest at home under quarantine.
Back-up solutions for absenteeism
Back-fill solutions for staff moving to front-lines
Rapid upskilling/reskilling existing and available workers (eg. laid off)
Alternative deployments for health workers whose normal duties are temporarily suspended
Mental health services
Nurses - Registered
The hospital described in this report is a major tertiary hospital in Wuhan, China, at the center of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Emergency Medical Services
Coordinated pre-service training was provided to nurses regarding infection control and personal prtection, and regarding clinical diagnosis and treatment. Nurses were also given preventive psychological counseling.
Preparedness for this pandemic was insufficient which resulted in a lack of workforce and supplies at the beginning of the outbreak. The management had to adjust the management plan continuously to meet the underestimated demands on the system.
Liu, Y., Wang, H., Chen, J., Zhang, X., Yue, X., Ke, J., ... & Peng, C. (2020). Emergency management of nursing human resources and supplies to respond to coronavirus disease 2019 epidemic. International Journal of Nursing Sciences.7(2): 135–138