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Nurse staff allocation by nurse patient ratio vs. a computerized nurse dependency management system: A comparative cost analysis of Australian and New Zealand hospitals

Heslop, Liza and Plummer, Virginia (2012) Nurse staff allocation by nurse patient ratio vs. a computerized nurse dependency management system: A comparative cost analysis of Australian and New Zealand hospitals. Nursing Economics, 30 (6). pp. 347-355. ISSN 0746-1739

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Abstract

For the purposes of this article, we refer to two nurse staff allocation methods used in various forms in some hospitals in Australia and New Zealand: nurse patient ratios (NPRs) and computerized nurse dependency workload systems. Generally, computerized nurse dependency workload systems incorporate the dimension of patient acuity. The terms patient acuity, nurse dependency, and patient dependency refer to similar phenomenon where patient needs for nursing care are described and/or measured. In some Australian health services, NPRs are part of a formalized system. In other health services, nurse-patient ratios have been adapted by hospital managers internally as a model for setting safe staff levels external to formalized structures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID25633, nurses, patients, allocation, nursing information systems, costs, automated systems, computerised, versus, Australia, New Zealand
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Health and Biomedicine
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Depositing User: Yimin Zeng
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2014 23:52
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2014 00:51
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23327
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