Self-scheduling is a model where the nursing staff's working hours are planned in a way that will fit both the organisation's staffing requirements and the personnel's shift preferences. A proper scheduling is important for the delivery of good patient care, best resource utilisation and employee satisfaction.


What effect does self-scheduling have on the employee satisfaction of nurses and the patient outcomes?

Identified studies

  1. Butler M, Collins R, Drennan J, Halligan P, O'Mathuna DP, Schultz TJ, et al. Hospital nurse staffing models and patient and staff-related outcomes. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2011:Cd007019.
  2. Pearson A, Pallas LO, Thomson D, Doucette E, Tucker D, Wiechula R, et al. Systematic review of evidence on the impact of nursing workload and staffing on establishing healthy work environments. Int J Evid Based Healthc 2006;4:337-84.
  3. Koning C. Does self-scheduling increase nurses' job satisfaction? An integrative literature review. Nurs Manag (Harrow) 2014;21:24-8.
  4. Shullanberger G. Nurse staffing decisions: an integrative review of the literature. Nurs Econ 2000;18:124-32, 146-8.

SBU Enquiry response consists of systematic literature searches to highlight studies that can address questions received by the SBU Enquiry Service from Swedish healthcare or social service providers. Relevant references are compiled by an SBU staff member, in consultation with an external expert when needed. The quality of the studies identified is not systematically reviewed.

Published: 2/1/2018
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Miriam Entesarian Matsson at SBU.

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