Date of Award
Master of Science - Human Sciences
Dr. Mitzi Perritt
Dr, Ray Darville
Dr. Karen Migl
Dr. Jeri Brittin
This study investigated nurse perspectives on the work impacts of a decentralized inpatient unit model. The study involved two rural acute-care hospitals in rural Nebraska that moved from a centralized to a decentralized inpatient unit design. The researcher conducted focus group discussions with staff and nursing management at both facilities with a total of 28 participants. In addition, the participants completed a 12-item questionnaire using a five-point Likert scale for responding. Focus group discussion and questionnaire were designed to investigate the areas of quality of care, communication, documentation, stress and wellbeing, and transition. Data gathered revealed that on all survey questions but one, a centralized unit design was preferred, with the exception of supporting nurses’ chart documentation. The survey data collected aligned with the focus group findings.
Mcdevitt, Susan, "Nurse Perspectives on the Work Impacts of Decentralized Nursing Unit Design" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 136.
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