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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159731
Type:
Presentation
Title:
How Nurses Spend Their Time and How Their Time is Spent in Acute Care
Abstract:
How Nurses Spend Their Time and How Their Time is Spent in Acute Care
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2009
Author:Bragad, Helga, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Iceland
Title:Faculty of Nursing
Contact Address:Eirbergi, Eirksgata 34, Reykjavik, 101, Iceland
Contact Telephone:#43;354-5254988
Co-Authors:H. Bragad, Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, ICELAND;
In a world of nursing shortage there is a great need for making better use of the human resources of nurses. To some extent, restructuring and change in practice, projects, and work-flow of nursing personnel may be the answer. For identifying possible improvements in the work and work environment of nurses, light needs to be shed on how the work of nurses is allocated at present and what may influence their workflow processes and work efficiency. The Comprehensive Conceptual Model for Healthy Work Environments for Nurses (RNAO, 2008) is used as the conceptual framework for this study. The purpose of this study is to make better use of nursing knowledge and skills to improve the care and safety of patients and safety of staff. A mixed methods approach was used were a palmtop computer was used for data collection accompanied by a dictaphone for observers to give explanations and further information, and for interviewing participants. Direct observations were done on Registered Nurses and Auxiliary Nurses during 22 entire eight hour shifts in five acute care inpatient university hospital units. Observations included the type of work performed, the frequency and type of interruptions and operational failures nurses encountered during their work, their movements between places, and time measurements. Quantitative data were entered and analyzed in Excel and qualitative data content analyzed. The results of this study shed light on how nurses in acute care spend their time and how their time is spent. Most of their time is spent on direct and indirect patient care, with frequent shifting of tasks and places. Nurses frequently encounter interruptions and operational failures during their manifold and complex work. Study results indicate potentials for improvements in the work and work environment of nurses.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHow Nurses Spend Their Time and How Their Time is Spent in Acute Careen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159731-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">How Nurses Spend Their Time and How Their Time is Spent in Acute Care</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Bragad, Helga, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Iceland</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Faculty of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Eirbergi, Eirksgata 34, Reykjavik, 101, Iceland</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">#43;354-5254988</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">helgabra@hi.is</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">H. Bragad, Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, ICELAND;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">In a world of nursing shortage there is a great need for making better use of the human resources of nurses. To some extent, restructuring and change in practice, projects, and work-flow of nursing personnel may be the answer. For identifying possible improvements in the work and work environment of nurses, light needs to be shed on how the work of nurses is allocated at present and what may influence their workflow processes and work efficiency. The Comprehensive Conceptual Model for Healthy Work Environments for Nurses (RNAO, 2008) is used as the conceptual framework for this study. The purpose of this study is to make better use of nursing knowledge and skills to improve the care and safety of patients and safety of staff. A mixed methods approach was used were a palmtop computer was used for data collection accompanied by a dictaphone for observers to give explanations and further information, and for interviewing participants. Direct observations were done on Registered Nurses and Auxiliary Nurses during 22 entire eight hour shifts in five acute care inpatient university hospital units. Observations included the type of work performed, the frequency and type of interruptions and operational failures nurses encountered during their work, their movements between places, and time measurements. Quantitative data were entered and analyzed in Excel and qualitative data content analyzed. The results of this study shed light on how nurses in acute care spend their time and how their time is spent. Most of their time is spent on direct and indirect patient care, with frequent shifting of tasks and places. Nurses frequently encounter interruptions and operational failures during their manifold and complex work. Study results indicate potentials for improvements in the work and work environment of nurses.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:16:56Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:16:56Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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