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Strategies for Retaining High-Demand Nursing Staff Revealed at Catalyst Systems National Conference

Novato, CA-January 22, 2004: Starting next week, Catalyst Systems, LLC, a healthcare consulting company specializing in precision staffing solutions, will show patient care leaders how to best utilize, motivate, and retain high-demand nursing staff. Evidenced-Based Staffing Strategies for Managing the Nursing Shortage will be presented as a one-day continuing education workshop in six major cities across the country.

Nationally recognized for her work in workload management and care delivery system evaluation, Catalyst CEO and co-founder Dr. Holly De Groot, PhD, FAAN, RN, said, “This workshop will enlighten patient care leaders on the importance of using objective data in making staffing decisions.” Healthcare organizations invest much money in nurse staffing, but there is still high turnover and a severe staffing shortage in the nursing industry. Catalyst’s program will show patient care leaders how to find hidden problems in staffing systems that create difficulties for management and staff alike.

“Participants will leave our workshop with solid plans of action for improving their staffing and care delivery systems,” Dr. De Groot noted. While educating nurse leaders is one of the missions of Catalyst, the company’s ultimate goal is to help nurses reclaim their passion for their profession by streamlining their workload and re-designing their work environment to increase patient safety.

The 2004 Catalyst National Conference dates are as follows:

  • January 27, Los Angeles, CA – Marriott Marina del Rey
  • January 29, Seattle, WA- The Westin Seattle
  • February 24, Chicago, Il – Hyatt Rosemont
  • February 26, Philadelphia, PA – Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
  • March 30, Dallas, TX – The Hyatt at DFW
  • April 1, Orlando, FL – Orlando Marriott Downtown

Evidenced-Based Staffing Strategies for Managing the Nursing Shortage is $175 for those who register 14 days prior to the workshop date. If you are unable to register in advance, the fee is $250. Walk-in registration and group discounts are also available. Licensed registered nurses will earn six hours of continuing education for attending.

Nurse-owned and operated, Catalyst Systems has provided healthcare organizations across the nation with its leading EVALISYS® Patient Classification System and objective workload studies for more than 18 years. Catalyst maintains the largest objective database of its type on workload and staff utilization. The company is the leading authority on the collection and usage of such data in meeting patient care needs and ensuring that nursing staff is devoted to appropriate patient-focused activities. For more information on Catalyst, please email, call 415-893-7600 or visit the website at