Nurse dose: What's in a concept?†
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 310–319, August 2008
How to Cite
Manojlovich, M. and Sidani, S. (2008), Nurse dose: What's in a concept?. Res. Nurs. Health, 31: 310–319. doi: 10.1002/nur.20265
We are grateful to the Associate Editor and anonymous reviewers for constructive feedback and insightful suggestions which greatly improved this article.
- Issue published online: 9 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 29 JAN 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 OCT 2007
- concept analysis;
- concept derivation;
- theory building;
- nurse staffing
Many researchers have sought to address the relationship between nursing care and patient outcomes, with inconsistent and contradictory findings. We conducted a concept analysis and concept derivation, basing our work on theoretical and empirical literature, to derive nurse dose as a concept that pulls into a coherent whole disparate variables used in staffing studies. We defined nurse dose as the level of nursing reflected in the purity, amount, frequency, and duration of nursing care needed to produce favorable outcomes. All four parameters of nurse dose used together can facilitate our understanding of how nursing contributes to patient outcomes. Ongoing investigation will help to identify the parameters of nurse dose that have the greatest effect on outcomes. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 31:310–319, 2008