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Nursing Station

Overall Goal:

The traditional nursing station behind the high counter is not necessary. Consider the large amount of space that a traditional nursing station takes up and visualize that space if the counter was removed. If your station is the behind-the-counter version, consider removing the counter altogether and creating a gathering space. If removing the counter would be too costly because the floor covering would need to be replaced, consider simply cutting down the height of the counter and creating a snack counter or activity work station.

The transformation of traditional nursing stations is a key factor in de-institutionalizing an environment, but it is often a difficult transition for clinical staff.  Be sure to gather input, understand concerns and include the clinical team in any changes. 

Examples of low-cost ideas:
Kitchen cabinet: $50
Netbook computer: $200-$300
2-way Walkie-Talkies: $20-$50