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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

Print version ISSN 0080-6234On-line version ISSN 1980-220X


BORDIN, Luiz Carlos  and  FUGULIN, Fernanda Maria Togeiro. Nurses' time distribution: identification and analysis in a Medical-Surgical Unit. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.4, pp.833-840. ISSN 0080-6234.

This study was performed to identify and analyze the distribution of nurses' work hours at a medical-surgical hospitalization unit, in view of the impact on making the nursing personnel dimensioning process effective during their work hours. Of the activities that nurses performed, 50% of the nurses' time was invested on indirect care interventions, 22% on direct care interventions, 18% on personal time activities, and 10% on associated activities. These data confirm previous reports that show a need to consider nursing personnel's personal time and associated activities in the official rightsizing methods.

Keywords : Nursing staff [hospital]; Time management; Workload; Classification.

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