Staffing Accommodations to Hospital Unit Admissions

Walker, Elizabeth Kellogg
September 1990
Nursing Economic$;Sep/Oct90, Vol. 8 Issue 5, p314
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the flow of patients through five general medical units in a 750-bed medical center, which describes the relentless and unpredictable demand for nursing services and the resulting costs in terms of supplementary staffing and overtime usage. Over 28 days study period, censuses of the medical units and nursing care requirements of all patients were taken. Implications include unscheduled staffing on the work satisfaction of registered nurses, supplementary staffing, and overtime to accommodate to uncertainties of organizational environment


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