Innovative scheduling to maintain clinical pharmacy services despite budget retrenchment

J. Siegel, Philip J Schneider, T. D. Moore

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A process is described in which staff scheduling was adjusted to maintain pharmaceutical services while achieving a 7% cutback in personnel costs. The pharmacy department in a 1000-bed university hospital was unable to achieve the necessary cost savings through reductions in sick leave and overtime hours. The pharmacy administration developed a plan that required pharmacists to work four 10-hour shifts per week and resulted in reduced hours of service. The pharmacists objected and proposed an alternative plan in which clinical service was maintained for 16 hours on weekdays and 12 hours on weekends. Pharmacist teams worked one flexible shift per week. Pharmacists developed an innovative staffing plan that allowed them to maintain a high level of practice and acceptable working hours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-293
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Volume41
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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Hospital Pharmacy Services
Budgets
Pharmacists
Pharmacy Administration
Sick Leave
Pharmaceutical Services
Cost Savings
Costs and Cost Analysis

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  • Leadership and Management
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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Innovative scheduling to maintain clinical pharmacy services despite budget retrenchment. / Siegel, J.; Schneider, Philip J; Moore, T. D.

In: American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, Vol. 41, No. 2, 1984, p. 291-293.

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