Layout of nursing units

The layout of the unit itself has been shown to greatly impact the quality of the nurses work experience. Not only are proper ergonomics and adequate equipment critical to the maintenance of a healthy workplace, but the areas and way in which tools, meds, charts and information are placed play an important role. Research has indicated correlations between poorly organized work environments and negative patient outcomes. Research also suggests that changes in technology, unit organization and design would contribute to improvements in the use of nurses’ time and safer delivery of patient care.

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