Decentralized Nursing Stations (12-27-18)

Fay, Cai, and Real reviewed empirical peer-reviewed studies related to decentralized nursing stations (DNSs) published in the last 15 years.  They determined that “(a) there is a positive trend toward patient experience in units with DNS, (b) nursing teamwork was perceived to decline in units with DNS . . . and (d) there is no consistent categorization of nurse station typology or standard definition for DNS.. . .Based on the evaluation framework, DNS are supportive of the patient experience yet have a negative impact on nursing teamwork.”

Lindsey Fay, Hui Cai, and Kevin Real.  “A Systematic Literature Review of Empirical Studies on Decentralized Nursing Stations.” HERD:  Health Environments Research and Design Journal, in press,