Date of Award

Winter 12-8-2010

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Susan K Nash


The use of patient classification systems (PCS), within hospitals has been and still is utilized primarily for determining staffing requirements, based upon the projected needs of the patient. Since its conception in the 1950's, health care management has worked to develop a system that accurately depicts those needs to provide good patient care. Recently, a major tertiary health care center located in the Midwest region of the United States implemented a revised patient classification system within its acute care setting. Nurses were provided various levels of education regarding its use. Because of this, accuracy by nurses using the patient classification system varied. This project is designed to identify care areas which have been successful in utilizing the patient classification system, determine how their nursing staff were trained, and synthesize an educational process which will improve their accuracy using the system.


SC 11.MAN.2010.Moulton.DM

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Nursing Commons