Nursing resource implications of the unoccupied bed

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

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Author Collins, Bronwyn
Fleming, Lesley
Hine, Bette-Anne
Stephenson, Johanna
Veach, Kate
Anderson, Sue
Mawson, Tim
Webster, Joan
Title Nursing resource implications of the unoccupied bed
Journal name Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-4328
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 27
Issue 4
Start page 13
End page 17
Total pages 5
Editor Jill Iliffe
Place of publication Melbourne, Victoria
Publisher Australian Nursing Federation
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
920207 Health Policy Economic Outcomes
111709 Health Care Administration
Formatted abstract
Objective. To explore the specific factors that impact on nursing resources in relation to the ‘unoccupied bed’.
Design. A descriptive observational study was used to identify and classify tasks associated with an ‘unoccupied bed’
Methods. Four project nurses held informal discussions with all levels of staff in four divisions of the hospital (surgery, internal medicine, cancer care and women’s and newborn). Field notes were made throughout the process and the project nurses met regularly to compare findings and identify similarities.
Results. This 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.
Keyword Unoccupied bed
Nursing management
Healthcare costs
Nursing time
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