Nurse Allocation with Computer Assistance — Extension to a Manpower Planner

  • George Maguire
  • Jean Roberts
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 16)


The School of Nursing in the Lancaster District is relatively small with three hundred nurses in training at any time. The task of scheduling School/Block, Leave and Specialty training periods falls to the Nurse Allocations Officer. The manual calculation of course interactions is very time consuming. The time required for testing possible alternative schemes and modifications becomes prohibitive. A computer program was designed to allow the input and definition of data on training courses of differing durations and with different numbers of trainees per intake. The overlaying of these course structures produced the potential local on each location per week. Extensions to the program provide management information on available resources.


Training Scheme Computer Assistance Nurse Training Visual Display Unit District Health Authority 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • George Maguire
    • 1
  • Jean Roberts
    • 1
  1. 1.Lancaster District Health AuthorityLancasterUK

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