Feasibility of using the Omaha System to represent public health nurse manager interventions

Public Health Nurs. 2011 Sep-Oct;28(5):421-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00926.x. Epub 2011 Jan 20.


Objective: To test the feasibility of representing public health nurse (PHN) manager interventions using a recognized standardized nursing terminology.

Design and sample: A nurse manager in a Midwest local public health agency documented nurse manager interventions using the Omaha System for 5 months. ANALYTIC STRATEGY: The data were analyzed and the results were compared with the results from a parallel analysis of existing PHN intervention data.

Results: Interventions for 79 "clients" (projects, teams, or individuals) captured 76% of recorded work hours, and addressed 43% of Omaha System problems. Most problems were addressed at the "community" level (87.1%) versus the "individual" level (12.9%).

Conclusions: Nursing practice differed between the 2 knowledge domains of public health family home visiting nursing and public health nursing management. Standardized nursing terminologies have the potential to represent, describe, and quantify nurse manager interventions for future evaluation and research.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Family Nursing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Midwestern United States
  • Nurse Administrators*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / methods*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / standards
  • Practice Patterns, Nurses'*
  • Public Health Nursing*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Task Performance and Analysis*
  • Vocabulary, Controlled*