Complex nursing systems

Thomas R. Clancy, Connie White Delaney

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The specific aim of this paper is to identify the causes underlying the growth in health care system complexity, discuss challenges nurse administrators face as a result of it and suggest strategies for better decision-making in complex system environments. This paper further discusses the merits of computational modelling and simulation which can assist nurse administrators predict the results of their decisions through a virtual complex system environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-201
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2005


  • Combinatorial explosion
  • Complexity theory
  • Computational modeling and simulation
  • Dynamic systems
  • Information processing theory


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