Development and Implementation of a Forecasting Model for Inpatient Nurse Scheduling


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Abstract

Basic staffing and scheduling methods of the past are not meeting the complex demands of the nurse scheduling problem (NSP). The overall goal of this study was to develop and implement a nurse scheduling forecasting model for a 33-bed inpatient nursing unit to address the challenges of the NSP during the schedule creation phase. Results revealed the nurse scheduling forecasting model improved schedule accuracy and aligned nurse needs to vary by day of the week.

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