Phase I: Creating an Electronic Prototype to Generate Equitable Hospital Nurse-to-Patient AssignmentsBAKER, ROBERT L. MSN, RN; TINDELL, SHAWN BSN, RN-BC; BUCKLEY BEHAN, DEBORAH MS, RN-BC; TURPIN, PATRICIA G. PhD, RN; ROSENBERGER, JAY M. PhD; PUNNAKITIKASHEM, PRATTANA PhDCIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: January/February 2010 - Volume 28 - Issue 1 - pp 57-62 doi: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e3181c0472c Feature Article Abstract Author Information This pilot program is a software-based prototype providing a nurse-to-patient assignment presented to two groups of RNs enrolled in a nursing research course in a North Texas university. The goal of the pilot program was to obtain input regarding the assessment, functionality, and practicality of a nurse-to-patient electronic prototype. Registered nurse students were given a presurvey, instructions, and details on the use of the prototype, followed by a postsurvey. Prototype speed and lack of bias were reported as most favorable. Registered nurse students requested additions of multiple diagnoses, patient acuity, and experience level of the nurse to enhance the prototype. Seventy-three percent (n = 24) of the participants said that they would use the prototype, and 15% (n = 5) said that they would not. Author Affiliations: School of Nursing (Mr Baker, Mss Tindell and Ms Buckley Behan, and Dr Turpin); and Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Dr Rosenberger), University of Texas at Arlington; and College of Management, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand (Dr Punnakitikashem). This research is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation under grant number 053963. Corresponding author: Robert L. Baker, MSN, RN, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (firstname.lastname@example.org). © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.