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PLANNING A NURSE-MIDWIFERY CASELOAD BY A COMPUTER SIMULATED MODEL

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  • David L. Kutzler S.N.M., B.S.,

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    • David L. Kutzler received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Montana State University, and is currently a Masters Candidate in the Nurse-Midwifery Program at the University of Utah.

  • Lorraine Sevcovic C.N.M., M.S.

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    • Lorraine Sevcovic received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester and her Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from Columbia University. She is currently an Associate Professor on the faculty of the University of Utah.


The University of Utah College of Nursing, 25 South Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112.

ABSTRACT

A fortran V Computer Program was written which simulated a nurse-midwifery practice. Analysis of the simulated practice revealed that important aspects of a nurse-midwifery practice could be predicted from a set of simple algebraic equations. For any practice, a CNM can use the equations to predict how large the caseload will be, how many return visits to expect each week, how much time must be spent in the clinic or office each week and the average number of hours which the CNM can expect to spend each week to care for her/his clients.

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