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Farmer named finalist for nursing award

June 21, 2007

Amy Farmer, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A., staffing manager at Washington County Hospital, recently was named a finalist in the 2007 Nursing Spectrum Excellence Awards, "Stars Light up the Region."

Farmer was nominated for her efforts to implement an online system that allows staff to enter a schedule that meets both the individuals' and the hospital's needs. It has created a mechanism for part-time and flexible nursing staff to balance the roles of their professional and personal lives.

"The online staffing system has allowed us to maximize our internal resources to minimize open shifts," Farmer said. "We are using the technology to improve communications."

She said that the number of unfilled open shifts has been reduced by about 40 percent.

"This has been a huge staff satisfier," Farmer said. "Before this system was implemented, nurses would be asked to stay past their regular shift to work overtime or would be called in to work on their day off to fill unfilled shifts."

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Farmer was nominated along with four other finalists in the management category in the Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia region.

"I was so excited to find out I was a finalist," Farmer said. "It was great for the hospital to be recognized. We were the only community hospital to have a finalist. It is wonderful to work in an environment where you can both provide support and be supported."

Other award categories included clinical care, community service, mentoring, advancing and leading the profession, and teaching.

The regional finalists were honored June 6 at the Nursing Excellence Awards at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md.

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