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Tina DiMarino, RN, CASC

Tina DiMarino

Title: Administrator
Facility Name: Mid-Atlantic Surgery Pavilion
City: Aberdeen
State: Maryland
Length of time your facility has been an ASCA member: Three years

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How do you manage vacation requests? Do you have staff bid for vacation, have a calendar for sign-up or a different process?

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Our center utilizes a calendar approach. We ask that no more than two employees within the same job classification take the same week off. We encourage our employees to begin populating the calendar in the beginning of the year. We do always try to oblige vacation requests. If it becomes an issue where three employees in the same classification want the same week off, we try to cover it. If we cannot cover it, we try to compromise either a change on their part or, as a last resort, deny the request. The vacations are written on a large calendar in the lunchroom where everyone can see them at all times. For special weeks, such as the week after Christmas or spring break, we rotate them annually if we have several people asking for the same week off. For example, the same nurse would not have the week after Christmas off two years in a row, unless no one else has requested it.

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What paging system do you use and how well does it work? An overhead system, walkie-talkies, a phone system or something different?

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Our center is small, so we basically do not utilize a paging system. We handle things the old-fashioned way and find that we do get our steps in.

 

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