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Nursing resource implications of the unoccupied bed

Collins, Bronwyn, Fleming, Lesley, Hine, Bette-Anne, Stevenson, Johanna, Veach, Kate, Anderson, Sue, Mawson, Tim, & Webster, Joan (2010) Nursing resource implications of the unoccupied bed. The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 27(4), pp. 13-17.

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Abstract

Objective: To explore the specific factors that impact on nursing resources in relation to the ‘unoccupied bed’. Design: Descriptive observational Setting: Multiple wards in single site, tertiary referral hospital Main outcome measure: Identification and classification of tasks related to the unoccupied bed. Results: Our study identified three main areas of nursing work, which centre on the ‘unoccupied bed’: 1) bed preparation for admission; 2) temporary transfer; 3) bed preparation post patient discharge. Conclusion: The unoccupied bed is not resource neutral and may involve considerable nursing time. The time associated with each of the reasons for the bed being unoccupied remains to be quantified.

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ID Code: 34278
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Published version also freely available via Official URL.
Keywords: unoccupied bed, nursing management, healthcare costs, nursing time
ISSN: 1447-4328
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2010 00:18
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:29

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