Document Type : Original Article


1 M.S in Executive Management, Finance Director of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 M.S Student in Health Economics, University of Shahed, Tehran, Iran

3 B.S in Health Care Management, Tehran University of Medical sciences, Tehran, Iran

4 Health Services Management Dept, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran. Iran

5 M.S in Health Care Management, Center for Budget and performance monitoring, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Iran

6 Student of Public Administration, Center for Budget and performance monitoring, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Iran


Nursing manpower plays an important role in care quality and health promotion. So any health care organization without an efficient nursing unit is not expected to survive for a long time. This study was conducted to estimate the number of the necessary nursing manpower for the selected hospitals according to the proposed model by the Iran ministry of health.This research is a cross wardal study accomplished inthe selected hospitals of Tehran university of medical sciences (Imam Khomeini and Shariati hospitals) in 2011. Data collection was performed through forms filled in different wards of the mentioned hospitals and the cure assistant office of the university.Based on the findings, in 5 out of 11 wards of Imam Khomeini hospital, and in 13 out of 16 wards of Shariati hospital, number of the nursing personnel was reported lower that the standards. Also, in 6 and 3 wards of Imam Khomeini and Shariati hospitals, respectively, nursing manpower exceeds the proposed standards. In total, Imam Khomeini and Shariati hospitals suffer 63 and 393 nursing manpower shortages in compare to the proposed standards, respectively.According to the results of this study, status of nursing manpower in the studied hospitals both in terms of number and composition is not in accordance with the proposed standards. In order to facilitate and improve the quality of the provided services in each hospital, it is essential to know the required number of nursing manpower. Consequently, utilizing sufficient nursing manpower is the basic and primary step for efficient and effective planning.


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