Accession Number : ADA185803

Title :   A History of the Development of the Navy Medical Department's Workload Management System for Nursing.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan-Aug 87,

Corporate Author : NAVAL SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD

Personal Author(s) : Lensing, Susan B

PDF Url : ADA185803

Report Date : Aug 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : The need to objectively quantify nursing workload has led to numerous interdisciplinary studies of nurse staffing methodologies. This report provides a historical review of nurse staffing as a management function and describes patient classification, a concept underlying many staffing methodologies. A chronological history and analysis of the nurse staffing research conducted by the Naval School of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, is then presented. In 1978 the Navy Medical Department initiated a pilot study of nursing workload by testing and modifying the assignment-element-difficulty staffing methodology. A patient classification methodology was incorporated in the Navy's staffing research when classification emerged as a prominent component of civilian nurse staffing systems. In 1983 the results of the Navy Medical Department studies were merged with nurse staffing research conducted by the US Army Health Care Studies and Clinical Investigation Activity, Fort Sam Houston, the workload Management System for nursing (WMSN), a patient classification system and daily staffing allocation methodology.

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *NURSING, *WORKLOAD, *JOB ANALYSIS, ALLOCATIONS, ARMY PERSONNEL, ARMY RESEARCH, CIVILIAN PERSONNEL, CLASSIFICATION, CLINICAL MEDICINE, HEALTH, MANAGEMENT, MARYLAND, MEDICINE, METHODOLOGY, NAVAL RESEARCH, NAVY, NURSES, PATIENTS, PILOT STUDIES, SCHOOLS, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, MEDICAL PERSONNEL

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE