7 Staff Management Tips to Boost COVID-19 Risk Mitigation

By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - October 14, 2020

Creating and implementing a policy and procedure to ensure that facility staffing levels are sufficient to meet the needs of residents during an emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, is an essential component of emergency preparedness—and part of the COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes, according to the Quality, Safety, and Oversight (QSO) memo QSO-20-38-NH from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). However, the following staff management tips also can help providers prepare for another outbreak in their community:


Stay engaged

Staying on top of COVID-19 is exhausting, acknowledges Katrina Anderson, LVN, director of skilled nursing and part-time infection preventionist for the John C. Fremont Healthcare District in Mariposa, CA, as well as a member of the Disaster Preparedness Program Advisory Council at the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF). “Everyone is stressed out and tired, but in order to survive this, you have to stay on top of it and be diligent about obtaining the information and getting that information out to your staff as education and training.”


Continue daily staff (and resident) screenings