Creating an environment for caring using lean principles of the Virginia Mason Production System

J Nurs Adm. 2007 Jun;37(6):287-94. doi: 10.1097/01.NNA.0000277717.34134.a9.


As healthcare leaders search for viable options to cut costs, increase efficiencies, and improve the product that they offer to customers, many are looking at different business models to adopt. At the same time, an aging workforce of nurses feel the pressure of being overworked and understaffed, resulting in both decreased job and patient satisfaction. Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash, has implemented the Virginia Mason Production System, using proven concepts adapted from the Toyota Production System that effectively eliminate "muda" or waste, in workplace processes. The authors discuss the application of the Virginia Mason Production System and how it has resulted in increased time for nurses to care for their patients.

MeSH terms

  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Empathy*
  • Humans
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Nursing Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Staff Development
  • Telemetry
  • Total Quality Management / organization & administration*
  • Washington