AMSN Launches New Online Tool to Help Hospitals Match Emergency Health Care Staff with COVID Roles

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April 6, 2020

Media Contact: Janet D'Alesandro,; 856-256-2422

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Launches New Online Tool to Help Hospitals Match Emergency Health Care Staff with COVID Roles.

 The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses is offering a free online assessment program that helps place new hires and contingent health care providers in roles that match their skills.

PITMAN, NJ –To meet the critical need for nurses to care for COVID-19 patients, many hospitals are seeking new hires and contingent staff members to supplement their workforce.

Recognizing that administrators are facing the huge challenge of placing these employees in appropriate roles, the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) has launched a self-assessment tool, currently free to all facilities, to help match their new hires/contingent workforce with the most needed roles.

According to AMSN leaders, the tool will help administrators evaluate the competence of this new workforce and assign health care professionals to the appropriate patient assignments or tasks that are based on their individual level of practice.

"Within the health care industry, this is an unprecedented time for hospital administrators and human resources," AMSN CEO Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BScN, RN, CAE, said. "To help fill in their front-lines, they are looking to retired RNs, nurses from other specialties, and even students to support. Oftentimes these staff will be assigned to medical-surgical units. This self-assessment tool will help those making these staffing additions much easier, as administrators will find out where their contingent staffers' strengths lie and what knowledge they have in med-surg, so they can assign them accordingly."

Hospitals and practices interested in using the self-assessment tool for COVID-19 workforce planning and assignment should visit Users will be asked to complete and submit a form, and will then receive a link instructing them how to proceed. According to Dr. Hinkley, institutions are instructed to make decisions that align with their own internal policies and procedures.

The tool asks individual contingent nurses to complete a 20-minute online self-assessment survey, which they are asked to print or email and submit to the appropriate manager.

AMSN is providing the self-evaluation survey tool to hospitals free of charge during the pandemic. Dr. Hinkley said the organization is requesting that those who use it provide feedback on how the tool worked so AMSN can further refine and develop it for future use.

The competencies used in the self-evaluation survey are based on an extensive literature review, evaluation of current medical-surgical nursing role descriptions, and the practice of medical-surgical nurses from a variety of geographic, institution and practice settings, according to AMSN.

The organization worked with a highly qualified task force of medical-surgical nurses from around the country and additional consultants on measurable competencies for nurses at all experience levels to develop the tool.

For organizations or practices interested in using the tool for contingent staffing, or for those with questions, please visit

Members of the Media: If you would like to interview Dr. Hinkley, please contact Communications Director Janet D'Alesandro at; 856-256-2422.
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The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is a dynamic community of medical-surgical nurses who are committed to quality patient care through professional development, certification, scholarship, and advocacy.