You may not think there’s an advantage to understanding the ins and outs of what makes a successful shift for a nurse - but it’s definitely worth considering.


We all hate filling out endless sheets of paper, which is why Florence aims to make it as easy and as quick as possible to approve timesheets by doing it online.

Approving timesheets quickly doesn’t just save you a headache - it also saves your reputation. Nurses are only paid once their timesheet has been approved. Homes that tend to lag behind on timesheets may not have as much success securing continuous care.

Posting shifts in advance

Nurses prefer to book shifts days in advance - it helps keep their shift patterns organised and track their income accurately.

Posting several shifts in advance provides you the advantage of having ‘first pick’ of nurses who prefer to block-book, meaning you improve your continuity of care by working with the same nurses.  

Nurses like variety!

Although most nurses prefer having a planned shift pattern, they also enjoy variety. We found that on average, most nurses enjoyed working in 3 different homes per month.

Nurses prefer short travel times

When directly inviting nurses to a shift, it’s useful to note that most nurses won’t travel more than 30km (18.6 miles), which roughly translates to around one hour travel time.  

Consider how far a nurse is when you directly invite them. Inviting a nurse from Tooting won’t help you fill your shift in Poole! How far a nurse is can be an indication of whether they are likely to accept a direct invitation and who you can build a relationship with for block-booking.

Nurses are night owls!

It’s worth noting that around 61% of nurses prefer to work night shifts. This may be down to several factors, including childcare and preferred working conditions.

Consequently, it’s worth building relationships with the nurses that tend to pick up your day shifts - so you can increase the probability of your shifts being filled quickly.

Nurses love detailed handovers

Nurses only return to homes where they feel the working conditions are safe, properly managed and aren’t a risk to their pin. That’s why it is absolutely vital that your home provides a thorough and detailed handover, especially in the case of a temporary staff member coming in.

Nurses will avoid homes that provide vague handovers, as it puts both residents and staff at risk. Make your temporary staff happy by meeting their needs and in turn you will see increased shift fill rates and maintained continuous care.  

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