Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
SANCINETTI, Tânia Regina et al. Nursing staff absenteeism rates as a personnel management indicator. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.4, pp. 1007-1012. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342011000400031.
Absenteeism in nursing is a difficult problem for health organizations; hence it is an indicator that must be monitored. The objective of this study was to analyze the absenteeism rate of nursing professionals in a public hospital. Absenteeism data were collected monthly, from January to July 2008, and calculated by means of an electronic program. The mean absenteeism index for nurses varied from 5.6% to 9.7% for technicians/nursing aides. Sick leaves were the most prevalent reason for absences. The data revealed the major cause of absenteeism and pointed at the need to change policies for hiring nursing professionals, in addition to reviewing the working processes in order to improve the workers' health conditions.
Keywords : Absenteeism; Nursing; Nursing staff; hospital; Indicators of health services.