ROTA: A system for automated scheduling of nursing duties in a tertiary teaching hospital in south India

Brayal D'Souza, Shreyas Suresh Rao, Chepudira Ganapathy Muthana, Reshmi Bhageerathy, Nikitha Apuri, Varalakshmi Chandrasekaran, Deena Prabhavathi, Sapna Renukaradhya

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Abstract

The nursing schedule generation is an important activity that takes a considerable amount of time for managers to prepare and amend. It involves the optimal allocation of nurses to shifts, factoring various constraints like shift timings, holidays, leaves, and emergencies. This paper provides the design and development details for an automated nurse scheduling system called "ROTA," implemented for a 2032 bed multi-specialty tertiary teaching hospital, having 1800 staff nurses and 98 wards. The system generates daily, weekly, monthly schedules, nurse face sheets, duty allocation charts, swapping schedules, and training details for nurses. The system improved managerial control and saved a considerable amount of time for nurses to prepare the schedule. A survey conducted to gauge the system's satisfaction level showed that 91% of nurses were satisfied with ROTA. Overall, the system saved 78% of nurse scheduling time, resulting in a 3% cost reduction for the hospital.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14604582211001426
JournalHealth Informatics Journal
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-04-2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Informatics

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