Session 14: TBC

Time: 14:15 - 15:30

Date: Day 2 - 17 November

17-november-2020 14:15 17-november-2020 15:30 Europe/London Session 14: TBC

Mental Health Nursing Station Design: An Open and Shut Case? Frank Pitts, Architecture+ Behavioural Health Care Desk Design and Associated Research Session Description The subject of whether a nursing station/care desk in a mental health environment should be opened or closed is a subject of significant debate and disagreement in both the nursing and design… Read more »

Design in Mental Health

Synopsis

Mental Health Nursing Station Design: An Open and Shut Case? Frank Pitts, Architecture+

Behavioural Health Care Desk Design and Associated Research

Session Description

The subject of whether a nursing station/care desk in a mental health environment should be opened or closed is a subject of significant debate and disagreement in both the nursing and design communities.  Using readily available research sources, the presenters of this paper conducted a field survey of published peer-reviewed papers over a thirty year period to explore what that research might conclude about this important topic.  The results are instructive and informative.

This presentation will include a case-study survey of ten different  approaches to care desk design ranging no nurse stations, to open stations, to partially enclosed stations to completely enclosed stations as examples of the wide variety of approaches available to hospitals and designers.

This presentation will also serve as a primer using this research survey project as an example, of how to use open source material on the internet to discover and understand relevant research (including the Center for Health Design’s excellent Knowledge Repository).  A method for presenting that material objectively and systematically to clients and providers will be shown and the interesting and informative results of the research literature survey will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will earn how an architect can conduct a focused literature review in preparation for a design assignment.
  2. Participants will learn about the major typologies of nursing stations using ten real-world care station environments forming a typology covering a range of strategies from open to closed including a number of intermediate options.
  3. Participants will learn the results of the major peer reviewed research papers on the topic of open versus closed nursing stations for mental health facilities.
  4. Participants will learn about the major advantages and disadvantages of each type of station based upon that research.

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