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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
versão On-line ISSN 1518-8345
CUCOLO, Danielle Fabiana e PERROCA, Márcia Galan. Restructuring the Nursing Staff and its Influence on Care Hours. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2010, vol.18, n.2, pp.175-181. ISSN 1518-8345. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692010000200006.
This descriptive study aimed to calculate and compare the nursing staff at the medical-surgical clinical units of a philanthropic hospital in current and projected situations, and to investigate how much time the nursing team delivers patient care in the current and projected situations. Gaidzinski's method was used to calculate the nursing staff, and the equation proposed by the Hospital Quality Commitment (HQC) to estimate care hours. The findings showed an increase of 33% in the staff, with a 68.4% increase in the number of nurses and 15.6% in the number of technicians / nursing auxiliaries. According to the projected situation, the care hours varied from 5.7 to 7.2. The number of nursing and the mean care time provided to the patients were inadequate according to the clientele's care needs. This could impair the quality of care.
Palavras-chave : Nursing Staff; Personnel Management; Workload.