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Nurse Forecasting: Human Resources Planning in Nursing

Nurse Forecasting: Human Resources Planning in Nursing

Objective

Current human resources planning models in nursing are unreliable and ineffective as they consider volumes, but ignore effects on quality in patient care. The project RN4CAST aims innovative forecasting methods by addressing not only volumes, but quality of nursing staff as well as quality of patient care. RN4CAST is a consortium of 15 partners that will quantify in 11 European countries-Belgium, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, UK - important unmeasured factors in forecasting models including how features of hospital work environments and qualifications of the nurse workforce impact on nurse recruitment, retention, productivity and patient outcomes. Three partners outside Europe - China, South Africa, and Botswana- provide additional perspectives. Innovative elements of the project include unique measures of workplace dynamics and patient outcomes. Nurse workforce planning initiatives at national and European levels will be reviewed and newly collected data added to enhance accuracy for nurse workforce management. Data collection focuses on general hospitals, which employ the majority of nurses, account for the largest number of medical errors and comprise the largest share of national health expenditures. Each European partner will conduct a study of 20 to 50 hospitals depending on country size yielding information on more than 350 hospitals including surveys from over 50,000 nurses and outcomes of tens of thousands of patients. European partners were selected by geographic distribution, membership duration in the EU, research expertise and availability of patient discharge data. University of Pennsylvania, USA, will contribute specialized research expertise derived from previous international research. RN4CAST will be the largest nurse workforce study ever conducted in Europe, will add to accuracy of forecasting models and generate new approaches to more effective management of nursing resources in Europe.

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Address

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 567 123

Administrative Contact

Tine Heylen (Ms.)

Participants (14)

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University of Kuopio

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 226 000

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 209 200

ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 238 000

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 263 600

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 198 400

INSTITUTO DE SALUD CARLOS III

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 230 400

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 182 080

UNIVERSITAT BASEL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 226 000

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 261 646

THE TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CORP

United States

EU Contribution

€ 195 540

UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA

Botswana

EU Contribution

€ 10 350

PEKING UNION MEDICAL COLLEGE

China

EU Contribution

€ 4 899

NOORDWES-UNIVERSITEIT

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 10 350

UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 176 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 223468

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2009

  • End date

    31 December 2011

Funded under:

FP7-HEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 826 040,20

  • EU contribution

    € 2 999 988

Coordinated by:

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium