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Rönnberg, Elina (Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Optimization ) (Linköping University, The Institute of Technology)
Larsson, Torbjörn (Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Optimization ) (Linköping University, The Institute of Technology)
Title:
Automating the self-scheduling process of nurses in Swedish healthcare: a pilot study
Department:
Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Optimization
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology
Publication type:
Article in journal (Refereed)
Language:
English
Publisher: Springer Science Business Media
Status:
Published
In:
HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, ISSN 1386-9620
Volume:
13
Issue:
1
Pages:
35-53
Year of publ.:
2010
URI:
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-59720
Permanent link:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-59720
ISI:
000281585200004
Subject category:
Mathematics
SVEP category:
MATHEMATICS
Keywords(en) :
Nurse scheduling, Nurse rostering, Self-scheduling, Preference scheduling, Operations research, Integer linear programming
Abstract(en) :

Hospital wards need to be staffed by nurses round the clock, resulting in irregular working hours for many nurses. Over the years, the nurses influence on the scheduling has been increased in order to improve their working conditions. In Sweden it is common to apply a kind of self-scheduling where each nurse individually proposes a schedule, and then the final schedule is determined through informal negotiations between the nurses. This kind of self-scheduling is very time-consuming and does often lead to conflicts. We present a pilot study which aims at determining if it is possible to create an optimisation tool that automatically delivers a usable schedule based on the schedules proposed by the nurses. The study is performed at a typical Swedish nursing ward, for which we have developed a mathematical model and delivered schedules. The results of this study are very promising and suggest continued work along these lines.

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The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com:Elina Rönnberg and Torbjörn Larsson, Automating the self-scheduling process of nurses in Swedish healthcare: a pilot study, 2010, HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, (13), 1, 35-53.http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10729-009-9107-xCopyright: Springer Science Business Mediahttp://www.springerlink.com/
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