Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2004


Timothy Anderson

Course Title

Operations Research in Engineering and Technology Management

Course Number

EMGT 540/640


Nurses -- Workload, Nursing services -- Administration, Nursing services -- Personnel management, Hospitals -- Emergency services -- Management, Operations research


Efficient scheduling can help reduce management cost, improve hospital ranking, and raise patient level of satisfaction. In general, nurse managers are looking for basic ways to create a schedule to meet core-staffing requirements and to distribute staffing coverage across the week and for all shifts. Hospitals can no longer afford to rely on manual process of nurse scheduling and day-to-day shift assignment with high demand in health care and complex scheduling problems. In this paper we will define and discuss in details the nurse-scheduling problems that encounter St. Vincent hospital emergency room. Our objective is to prove that using mathematical model with linear goal programming (LGP) would help: firstly, solve a complex nurse-scheduling problem. Secondly to define and build a successful scheduling algorithm that satisfies our optimal objective and all constraints. Our staffing and scheduling models can determine the following:

  • Enough staff is scheduled to work per shift
  • Enough staff is scheduled to handle patients needs accurately
  • Help reduce the cost of hiring additional manpower

Our goal of this project is to satisfy as many constraints and other personal preferences as possible while implementing an efficient schedule that meets the required personnel coverage of the hospital over a defined period of time.


This project is only available to students, staff, and faculty of Portland State University

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