Nurse Absenteeism and Staffing Strategies for Hospital Inpatient Units

@article{Wang2014NurseAA,
  title={Nurse Absenteeism and Staffing Strategies for Hospital Inpatient Units},
  author={Wen-Ya Wang and Diwakar Gupta},
  journal={Manufacturing & Service Operations Management},
  year={2014},
  volume={16},
  pages={439-454}
}
Inpatient staffing costs are significantly affected by nurse absenteeism, which is typically high in U.S. hospitals. We use data from multiple inpatient units of two hospitals to study which factors, including unit culture, short-term workload, and shift type, explain nurse absenteeism. The analysis highlights the importance of paying attention to heterogeneous absentee rates among individual nurses. We then develop models to investigate the impact of demand and absentee rate variability on the… CONTINUE READING
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