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An Improved Nursing Experience

Providing quality nursing care when it’s needed helps improve our goal of quality patient care at our new hospital. That’s why we designed the entire hospital so nurses can be more effective, more responsive and provide top quality care – without obstacles. 

Decentralized Nursing

A New Nursing Model

Owensboro Health is adopting a new nursing model that focuses on patients and provides the care you need, when you need it. Decentralized nursing allows nurses to be deployed directly to patient rooms for all patient charting, evaluation and care. Rather than having one centralized nursing station, patient rooms are equipped with exterior nursing alcoves and observation windows.

Aspects of Decentralized Nursing

  • Computer stations inside each patient room for nursing activity, medication scanning, etc.
  • Nurse alcoves located outside patient rooms with an observation window and computers for charting
  • Multiple work stations throughout the floor, rather than one centralized nurses’ desk
  • Increased visual observation from outside  the room
  • Less patient interruption

The Value of Decentralization

  • Positive impact on patient care: Nurses have their supplies and information at their fingertips, allowing more accurate focus on the task at hand.
  • Less interruption for patients: Nurses have an increased amount of observation available via observation windows to each room. This allows a nurse to leave the room and give patients more privacy while still observing and assessing the patient.
  • Nurses are in closer proximity to patients: Because nurses are working just outside the patient room, they are available more quickly and may even anticipate potential safety issues such as falls or restlessness.
  • Time - and energy-saving for nurses: Nurses save steps traveling back and forth from patient rooms to a centralized desk between every patient interaction. This allows nurses to focus on the patient care with supplies and charting close at hand.

Same-Handed Rooms

Same-handed rooms are beneficial for nurses, patients and families alike. Supplies and technology are always in the same place in every room for a nurse’s use. Patients may experience a more consistent approach to their care, as well as easily anticipate nurses’ actions. And families have a defined space – the same in every room – where they know they will not interrupt nursing care.

Aspects of Same-Handed Rooms

  • When walking into a patient room in the new hospital, the layout and design is the same in every room on a particular floor. 
  • Nurses know that on the left side they can find their supplies in the designated nurse server. 
  • There is always be a computer work station for nurses to scan medications, double checking types and doses. 
  • The patient is always be on the right side of the nursing server and centered in the room.

The Value of Same-Handed Rooms

  • Improves accuracy: With technology and medical supplies in the same place every time, nurses take fewer steps and require less effort to get to the things they need.
  • Reduces errors: Especially in an emergency, having supplies in a logical and predictable location helps save time and avoid mistakes.
  • Manages expectations: Patients who are moved from one floor to another, or need multiple nurses can anticipate how things will be done across the hospital. This helps make patients feel safer and more comfortable while in our care.

Medication & Supply Distribution

Medications and supplies are delivered directly to each patient room and housed in the nursing server. Having supplies on hand in each room ensures each patient will have what they need and nurses will save time gathering what they need.

The Value of a Medication Drawer

  • Drawers are secured and accessible from the hallway or from the patient room.
  • Medications can be delivered at any time of day, regardless of patient activity.
  • With medication delivery completely contained outside of the patient room, disruptions are kept to a minimum.
  • Nurses can monitor medications from the secure drawer at all times until a patient has taken his or her medication.