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Rescheduling nursing shifts: Scoping the challenge and examining the potential of mathematical model based tools

Clark, Alistair; Moule, Pam; Topping, Annie; Serpell, Martin

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Authors

Pam Moule Pam.Moule@uwe.ac.uk
Research Centre Director CCHSR/Prof

Annie Topping

Martin Serpell Martin2.Serpell@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Computer Systems and Networks



Abstract

© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Aim: To review research in the literature on nursing shift scheduling/rescheduling, and to report key issues identified in a consultation exercise with managers in four English National Health Service trusts to inform the development of mathematical tools for rescheduling decision-making. Background: Shift rescheduling is unrecognised as an everyday time-consuming management task with different imperatives from scheduling. Poor rescheduling decisions can have quality, cost and morale implications. Evaluation: A systematic critical literature review identified rescheduling issues and existing mathematic modelling tools. A consultation exercise with nursing managers examined the complex challenges associated with rescheduling. Key issues: Minimal research exists on rescheduling compared with scheduling. Poor rescheduling can result in greater disruption to planned nursing shifts and may impact negatively on the quality and cost of patient care, and nurse morale and retention. Very little research examines management challenges or mathematical modelling for rescheduling. Conclusion: Shift rescheduling is a complex and frequent management activity that is more challenging than scheduling. Mathematical modelling may have potential as a tool to support managers to minimise rescheduling disruption. Implications for nursing management: The lack of specific methodological support for rescheduling that takes into account its complexity, increases the likelihood of harm for patients and stress for nursing staff and managers.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 7, 2015
Journal Journal of Nursing Management
Print ISSN 0966-0429
Electronic ISSN 1365-2834
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 4
Pages 411-420
APA6 Citation Clark, A., Moule, P., Topping, A., & Serpell, M. (2015). Rescheduling nursing shifts: Scoping the challenge and examining the potential of mathematical model based tools. Journal of Nursing Management, 23(4), 411-420. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.12158
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.12158
Keywords scheduling, rescheduling, rostering, re-rostering, nursing shifts
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jonm.12158
Additional Information Additional Information : Article published online: 8 August 2013. This is the accepted version of the following article: Clark, A., Moule, P., Topping, A. and Serpell, M. (2014) Re-scheduling nursing shifts: Scoping the challenge and examining the potential of mathematical model based tools. Journal of Nursing Management. ISSN 1365-2834, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jonm.12158

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