Improving the academic programming process in a school of nursing using computational modeling and simulation

Thomas R. Clancy, Connie White-Delaney, Margo Mako

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Abstract

In recent years, academic institutions have been challenged to search for new methods to provide high quality education and research at an affordable cost. This study used a unique methodology, computational modeling and simulation, to investigate faculty productivity at a school of nursing from 2004 till 2007. A model of the academic programming process was built in Arena, a discrete event simulation software package. The model predicted significant improvements in baseline faculty percent effort (PE) after reducing variation in class distribution throughout the week, combining classes with enrollment of 10 or less, adding additional faculty and standardizing PE policies. Performance metrics for faculty productivity showed significant improvement post implementation of recommendations in 2007.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConnecting Health and Humans - Proceedings of NI2009
Subtitle of host publicationThe 10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Pages587-592
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781607500247
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Event10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics: Connecting Health and Humans, NI2009 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: Jun 28 2009Jul 1 2009

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume146
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics: Connecting Health and Humans, NI2009
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period6/28/097/1/09

Keywords

  • Education
  • Faculty
  • Productivity

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