Friday, July 23, 2004: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Health Human Resource Planning

Learning Objective #1: Articulate an understanding of the nature, type and complexity of the variables to be considered in conducting needs-based, outcome-directed health human resource planning (HHRP)
Learning Objective #2: Articulate an understanding of the different approaches to HHRP modeling and the outcomes of each analysis using Ontario and Canada as target populations
Health human resources (HHR) must be matched as closely as possible to the health needs of the population. It is, however, precisely in this regard that historical approaches to health human resource planning (HHRP) have failed. The recurrent cycles of over and under supply that continue to plague Canada and other countries can in part be traced to the fact that while the stated goal of HHRP is to match human resources to need, the theoretical models and empirical tools used to inform HHR allocation decisions have concentrated primarily on measuring demand for services (as measured by utilization rates), thus making them poorly suited to the creation of a useful predictive framework. It is being increasingly recognized that the factors which affect the matching of supply to need (rather than simply matching supply to demand) are many and varied. Recognition of this fact suggests the need for the development, testing and utilization by decision-makers of a dynamic model that adequately accounts for both the number of influencing factors and how each factor is likely to influence the others. We have created a conceptual framework that addresses keys elements affecting health care, such as population health, production, supply, planning and forecasting, and health, system, and provider outcomes. We will provide an overview of this framework and outline how our HHR program of research has tested relationships between and among the variables and factors. We will share five research studies which address these relationships including the examination of: 1)the relationship between health needs, nursing services, and hospital outcomes; 2) the impact of RN retirement on the nursing workforce; and 3) the introduction of health care production functions into human resources planning.
Organizer:Gail Tomblin-Murphy, RN
 An Examination of Relationships among Nursing Services Utilization, an Estimate of Population Health and Overall Health Status Outcomes
Linda O'Brien-Pallas, RN, PhD
 An Examination of Relationships Between Self-Reported Community and Hospital Nursing Use and Health Status
Gail Tomblin-Murphy, RN, PhD, (c)
 Beyond Demographic Change in Human Resources Planning: An Extended Framework and Application to Nursing
Stephen Birch, PhD
 Bringing the Future into Focus: Projecting Registered Nurse Retirement in Canada
Linda L. O'Brien-Pallas, RN, PhD
 Health Human Resource Planning: A Conceptual Framework
Gail Tomblin-Murphy, RN, PhD, (c)

15th International Nursing Research Congress
Sigma Theta Tau International
July 22-24, 2004