Automating the self-scheduling process of nurses in Swedish healthcare: a pilot study
2010 (English)In: HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, ISSN 1386-9620, Vol. 13, no 1, 35-53Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Science Business Media, 2010. Vol. 13, no 1, 35-53
Nurse scheduling, Nurse rostering, Self-scheduling, Preference scheduling, Operations research, Integer linear programming
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-59720DOI: 10.1007/s10729-009-9107-xISI: 000281585200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-59720DiVA: diva2:353179
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.
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