May 25, 2021

Measuring Nurse Workload during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Simulation Study

COVID-19 continues to take a significant toll on front-line healthcare professionals – especially nurses. Higher acuity levels among COVID-19 patients and increased IPAC precautions, such as donning and doffing PPE, have created additional work demands for these front-line healthcare professionals. Using discrete event simulation (DES) we explored and quantified the  effects of varying COVID-19 policies on nurse workload and quality of care. Implications for  nurse leaders and decision-makers will be presented.


Sadeem M. Qureshi, PhD, M.Eng.
Post Doctoral Fellow at the Human Factors Engineering Lab at Ryerson University

Nancy Purdy, RN, PhD
Associate Professor at Ryerson University in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing

Helen Kelly, RN, MScN
Clinical Research Manager at University Health Network (UHN)

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