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Ward Warriors: The Complex Nature of Nurse Mobility

Cornell, Paul T. PhD; Clancy, Thomas R. PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN; Vardaman, James M. PhD

Journal of Nursing Administration: November 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 11 - p 557–561
doi: 10.1097/01.NNA.0000434511.81997.e4
Departments: Managing Organizational Complexity

As systems evolve over time, their natural tendency is to become increasingly more complex. Studies in the field of complex systems have generated new perspectives on the application of management strategies in health systems. Much of this research appears as a natural extension of the cross-disciplinary field of systems theory. In this article, the authors discuss the impact of complex system behavior on nurse workflow and its broader implications.

Author Affiliations: President (Dr Cornell), Healthcare Practice Transformation, LLC, Dallas, Texas; Assistant Dean and Clinical Professor (Dr Clancy), School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Assistant Professor (Dr Vardaman), Department of Management, Mississippi State University.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Clancy, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, 5-140 Weaver_Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (

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