Case Mix Management: Matching Patient Need with Nursing Resource
The degree of patients’ dependence on nursing care is as important to the management of nursing department resources as it is in their clinical management. The nursing dependence must be ascertained to ensure effective patient management, and to more efficiently utilize nurses—the costs for whom make up 20–30 percent of total hospital expense. The contributions nurses make in patient care management are not well understood because nursing is often blurred together with medicine and the outcome of nurses’ activity sometimes is attributed to physicians.
KeywordsNursing Care Diagnosis Related Group Nurse Manager Nursing Service Resource Allocation Decision
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