Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 12(2) April 2009 : 78-85.doi:10.12927/hcq.2009.20665
Special Focus on HHR

Nursing Workforce Planning: The Key to Success

Cheryl Anne Smith


With the nursing shortage looming and planned growth, not only at the Ottawa Hospital (TOH) but within our region, TOH recognized the need to have a workforce plan that would accurately predict the number of nurses TOH would have to hire annually for three and five years. A review of the literature identified the key steps to take in workforce planning, but there were no models in existence to address the unique characteristics of nursing. A program logic model was used to develop the model and the evaluation framework for the accuracy of its predictions. This evidence-based workforce planning model has had a variance of < 5% for each of the past four years; the projected growth was accurately forecasted and has allowed TOH to be proactive in its recruitment initiatives.



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