Influence of single-room accommodation on nursing care: A realistic evaluation

Susanne Friis Søndergaard*, Anne Bendix Andersen, Raymond Kolbæk, Kirsten Beedholm, Kirsten Frederiksen

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Nowadays, it is common that newly built hospitals are designed with single-room accommodation, unlike in the past, where shared accommodation was the favoured standard. Despite this change in hospital design, very little is known about how single-room accommodation affects nurses' work environment and nursing care. This study evaluates how the single-room design affects nurses and nursing care in the single-room hospital design. Nurses working in the single-room design predominantly work alone with little opportunity for peer training, interaction and reflection. In addition, the single-room design affects the nurses' work environment due to changes in sensory stimulation and increased walking distances. Furthermore, a change in the discourse, namely, regarding the single room as the patient's home, makes the nurses react to queries, demands and tasks in a new way. Overall, the new hospital design forces the nurses into a more reactive role and affect their way of providing nursing care. Despite this, the nurses find single-room accommodation beneficial for the patients and their nursing care.

TidsskriftNursing Inquiry
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2023


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