A Scholarly Discourse on Research Evidence on the Nurse Workforce Scheduling Systems

Claire Su-Yeon Park


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Abstract


Aim: This perspective aims to spur thought-provoking scholarly debates on current nurse workforce scheduling systems in relation to a critical review of the article “Nurse workforce scheduling in the emergency department: A sequential decision support system considering multiple objectives” published in Journal of Nursing Management in May of 2018.

Background: Mathematical Programming (optimization) (MP)-based nursing research has been published, for nearly thirty years, almost exclusively in industrial engineering or health business administration journals, demonstrating a widening gap between nursing research and practice.

Evaluation: A scholarly discourse in connection with the published article.

Key issues/Conclusions: Nurse scientists’ knowledge of decision science encompassing MP is insufficient, as are their interdisciplinary collaborations, setting back the advancement of nursing science through multidisciplinary consilience. Above all, nurse scientists skilled in decision science are desperately needed for analytic intellection rooted in the ‘intrinsic nature and value of nursing care.’ Nurse scientists are thus required to be well-prepared for the new age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution through both self-education in MP and interdisciplinary collaborations with decision science experts.


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Mathematical Programming; Optimization; Decision-making; Optimal Safe Staffing; Nurse Sheduling; Nursing Workforce; Social Justice

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