Date of Award

Spring 1986

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

Recent changes in health care financing have created incentives for hospitals to decrease costs. Nursing is a natural target for cost containment measures; however, it is difficult if not impossible to justify and control costs until actual costs are identified. The value of professional nursing needs to be established and related to costs. Pricing for nursing services is essential for economic and professional legitimization of nursing services. Several models for pricing nursing care are presented. The special needs of ambulatory care settings are also presented and a methodology for measuring nursing workload in an ambulatory care setting as the first step in costing out nursing care is described.

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