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Washington County Hospital employees named finalists

July 02, 2007

Amy Farmer, staffing manager at Washington County Hospital, was recently 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. The system 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. We are using the technology to improve communications," said Farmer. She said that the number of unfilled open shifts has been reduced by approximately 40 percent. "This has been a huge staff satisfier. 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 among four other finalists in the management category in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia region.

"I was so excited to find out I was a finalist," said Farmer. "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 at the Nursing Excellence Awards on June 6 at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md.

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