Inside scoop from our experts: Number of FTEs

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, November 15, 2010

This week’s question about numbers of FTEs in a mid-sized facility comes from a discussion on JourneyTalk.

Q: I am requesting information from anyone at a 200-300 bed community hospital that has a centralized nursing education department. Would you be willing to share the number and composition of FTEs in that department? I would appreciate the opportunity to benchmark.

A: Ann, we are a 400 Regional Medical Center but our census is usually around 200. We used the calculation of 1.0 FTE per 100 Nursing FTEs in the beginning. Due to our budget, we ended up having to back down from that number. We currently have a Nursing Education Coordinator that is a CCRN. We have another RN educator that we primarily dedicate to Med Surg. We have an RN educator that is a CEN and does ED education but also assists the others with Nursing house wide competencies and education. We have a total of 3.0 FTEs in Nursing Education. Our OR has their own educator that reports to the OR Director and is not part of Nursing Education.

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