Design of an Information System for optimizing the Programming of Nursing Work Shifts

F. Osores, G. Cabrera, R. Linfati, S. Umãa-Ibãez, J. Coronado-Henández, G. Gatica

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Health institutions operate twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They face a demand that fluctuates daily. Unlike jobs with fixed hours and obligatory days off, in health, operational continuity is required. The allocation for nursing shifts generates a rotation of people for health services according to legal and casuistic guidelines. Assigning and planning shifts results in a workload that takes an average of five to six extra hours. Existing applications offer a partial solution because they do not consider the news and contingencies of a health service. A web application is presented that, given a list of nurses, historical shifts and restrictions, a work shift planning is generated. This application comes to support the current shift allocation method based on electronic spreadsheets. The development consists of two modules. The first module has a shift allocation algorithm developed in C ++ and the second module has a graphical interface. As a case study, a set of health services from Chile and Colombia was used. The services have a defined number of nurses, who work different shifts according to the role and need of the institution. The results obtained are similar to a historical one. The proposed system takes less time and delivers various files and parameters that can be useful for nurses, the service and the health institution.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012044
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2020
Event2019 Research, Innovation and Development in Engineering, Expotecnologia 2019 - Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Duration: 30 Oct 20191 Nov 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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