1. Is it necessary for the staffing scheduler to be a nurse? Understanding it is helpful, but is it necessary?

    Also what is the salary for such a title and is it difficult....160 bed unit?
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    My workplace happens to be a 200-bed skilled nursing facility, and the staffing coordinator is a CNA (certified nurses aide). While it would be helpful if this person was a licensed nurse, nursing licensure really is not necessary for her to know how to fill the shifts.

    The staffing coordinator has her own office, and makes her own hours. She earns $12 hourly, which is $3 more per hour than what the rest of the CNAs are earning.
  4. by   leslie :-D
    our scheduler is not a nurse.
    i'm not understanding how being a nurse, would be helpful?
    either way, she does fantastic work in a thankless job.
    she too, has her own office.
    i have no idea what she makes.

  5. by   busy-bee
    I have a friend of thirty years who has no experience in health care but is a very people friendly type. She has a BS and work in tourism currently but has given her notice. She makes $32000 yearly, do you think she could make that in scheduling?
  6. by   kukukajoo
    I was a staffing scheduler for a home health nursing agency before I entered the nursing program. It gave me insights into my chosen career and I know I did an excellent job. I had to listen to what the clients needs were and make them and our nurses were all happy and in a position where they had experience and skills.

    I don't think being a nurse would have helped me, but I can say that being a scheduler will help me be a better nurse.
  7. by   stargazer021
    I work at a 194 bed LTC facility. Our schudule coordinator is not a nurse but does have a degree in medical records. She does a great job. She shares an office with one other gal (who covers some of the things the main scheduler does- but not alot). I have no idea how much she makes.
  8. by   Ms Kylee
    I do my own schedule.
  9. by   Zookeeper3
    I'd say that as long as the scheduler knows the skill mix of the people being scheduled... need a charge, can't put two weak or new nurses together and such not... than anyone who wants the headache and knows how to strike bargins can do this.

    I'd done the schedule for years and would have happily relinquished it to anyone willing. But I don't think a degree is required, the knowing how to please the masses, most of the time and rewarding those who are flexible while gently bending the arms of those who aren't ARE the true skills of a scheduler. My nursing education did not teach me these skills. They were learned the hard way-for all involved