In what appears to be a bit of good news in local health care, Stuart Lake Hospital has made some recent changes to staffing.
The site administrator position has been eliminated, and instead a head nurse position has replaced it. While the site administrator position could be filled by a registered nurse (RN), it didn’t have to be, as it was not a clinical position.
The head nurse position will, however, be a leadership role which will also allow for clinical care.
By eliminating the site manager position, the hospital was also able to free up additional funds to create another nurse position. Now, the hospital has a fully funded head nurse, a fully funded licenced practical nurse (LPN) and two other RN positions.
Previously, there were concerns over the number of RNs, because LPNs, are able to do much of what RNs can, but can not do triage or the emergency department.
“It’s just a different way of running the facility with more clinical front line staff available to the community and better coverage for the emerge department in particular,” said April Hughes of Northern Health.
The changes went into effect in April and the new RN positions were already posted and filled, said Hughes.