Feasibility of Using the Omaha System to Represent Public Health Nurse Manager Interventions
Version of Record online: 20 JAN 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Public Health Nursing
Volume 28, Issue 5, pages 421–428, September/October 2011
How to Cite
Monsen, K. A. and Newsom, E. T. (2011), Feasibility of Using the Omaha System to Represent Public Health Nurse Manager Interventions. Public Health Nursing, 28: 421–428. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00926.x
- Issue online: 26 AUG 2011
- Version of Record online: 20 JAN 2011
- nursing management;
- Omaha System;
ABSTRACT Objective: To test the feasibility of representing public health nurse (PHN) manager interventions using a recognized standardized nursing terminology.
Design and Sample: A nurse manager in a Midwest local public health agency documented nurse manager interventions using the Omaha System for 5 months.
Analytic Strategy: The data were analyzed and the results were compared with the results from a parallel analysis of existing PHN intervention data.
Results: Interventions for 79 “clients” (projects, teams, or individuals) captured 76% of recorded work hours, and addressed 43% of Omaha System problems. Most problems were addressed at the “community” level (87.1%) versus the “individual” level (12.9%).
Conclusions: Nursing practice differed between the 2 knowledge domains of public health family home visiting nursing and public health nursing management. Standardized nursing terminologies have the potential to represent, describe, and quantify nurse manager interventions for future evaluation and research.