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Plotting care: A modelling technique for visioning nursing practice in current and future contexts


Moss, C and Walsh, K and Mitchell, J, Plotting care: A modelling technique for visioning nursing practice in current and future contexts, Contemporary Nurse, 35, (2) pp. 188-201. ISSN 1037-6178 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5172/conu.2010.35.2.188


Health professionals in health-care organisations are frequently challenged to strategise their services, reshape patterns of care delivery and to adapt to changing environments. Relocation of services into new hospital buildings is one example of a situation that generates these challenges. In this paper the authors discuss an innovative modelling strategy that was employed to assist nurses to explore their current daily care practices, to visualise them in the context of proposed new buildings, and to work towards planning care in readiness for the new context. The modelling technique of 'plotting' is presented as a way of capturing the natural spatial-service wisdom that exists within teams, and assisting them to translate their knowledge of this to each other and to co-operatively work towards a new clinical future. Plotting will be of use to health professionals, clinical leaders and educators who are interested in spatial analysis of care and other health service practices. © 1992-2011 eContent Management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Modelling; New hospital buildings; Nursing; Organisational change; Plotting; Practice development; article; education; forecasting; furniture; health care facility; hospital subdivisions and components; human; model; needs assessment; nurse attitude
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Walsh, K (Professor Kenneth Walsh)
ID Code:91175
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-05-09
Last Modified:2014-10-08

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