Nurse Manager of a 32 bed general surgical ward in a metropolitan hospital

You are the Nurse Manager of a 32 bed general surgical ward in a metropolitan hospital in a major city. As a result of a restructuring of the hospital networks in the local Area Health Service you have been asked to combine the 32 general surgical ward with a new 12 bed, short stay surgical ward which has been built adjacent to your ward.

Nurse Manager of a 32 bed general surgical ward in a metropolitan hospital

You are the Nurse Manager of a 32 bed general surgical ward in a metropolitan hospital in a major city. As a result of a restructuring of the hospital networks in the local Area Health Service you have been asked to combine the 32 general surgical ward with a new 12 bed, short stay surgical ward which has been built adjacent to your ward.

Please answer the questions that follow in relation to this case analysis.

Firstly,  Develop a business plan (approx. 1000 words)

Secondly,  Identify the steps required in developing a nursing service business plan and explain why they are important.

Thirdly, Name the documents and data would you need to collect and analyse to develop a service profile.

Fourthly, Examine the service demand for the new service level.

Further, Explain the type of workload methodology that might be useful for determining the supply of nurses to staff the new service level.

Briefly discuss any skill-mix or staff education issues which might need to be taken into account for the new combined service.

Developing a cost centre budget (approx. 1000 words)

Also, Discuss the benefits of having the Nurse Manager develop a cost centre budget for a specific area of responsibility. Flexible, zero-based and output-based budgeting are three alternative budgeting methods that could be adopted by the Nurse Manager to develop a budget plan for this new combined service.

Which method would you consider most appropriate and why?

Remember, your answer should compare and contrast the different methodologies and include discussion of the merits, weaknesses and applications of each model.

In the context of developing a cost centre expenditure budget: Provide an outline the three main areas of expenditure (line items). They will be consider  for the expenditure budget. Also, give examples of the issues to be consider for each area of expenditure prior to starting calculations.

Identify and discuss the cost centre reports generated within your organisation. They will provide a baseline for the budget calculations.

Develop a sample Salaries and Wages budget (approx. 300 words)

Develop a sample Salaries and Wages budget for this profile. Make notes on all your calculations to demonstrate your thinking. Explain the assumptions that you make to underpin your decisions