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Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

The Central Nurse Station Redefined; Eliminate WOW clutter: A Case Study

Paige Macfarlan, NCIDQ, LEED ID+C
Healthcare Planner, Francis Cauffman
Kimberly B. Sargent, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Hospital Applications IT Project Manager, St Luke’s University Health Network
Beverly Spencer CID, LEED AP, EDAC
Senior Interior Designer, Francis Cauffman

The physical layout of the typical inpatient unit nurse station has changed very little in the last four decades and rarely accommodates technology of today. Adoption of the electronic medical record has solidified the popularity of the workstation on wheels as a documentation tool. The challenge is how to mitigate WOW clutter, preserve record privacy, and manage acoustic disruption for accurate reporting. The team leading the renovation of a patient unit for a community hospital in Coaldale, Pennsylvania wanted to approach the nurse station in a new way, one that would break from the central station of the past. The resulting design is one that has been rarely seen in the hospital setting, and certainly not one which you would expect to find in a traditional coal town. In this session the presenters will speak to the unique opportunities of this design challenge and to the value of the solution a year post occupancy.


1. Learn how the integration of mobile technology can transform the traditional nursing station
2. Observe the compelling impact of a modified nursing station design on the patient/family experience
3. Learn how use of mobile technology (WOW’s) can positively impact the quality of clinical care by restructuring traditional nursing work patterns.
4. Explore the relationship