How can we help staff transition to a new NICU design?

Broom, Margaret, Gardner, Anne, Kecskes, Zsuzsoka and Kildea, Sue (2015) How can we help staff transition to a new NICU design?. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 21 5: 180-185. doi:10.1016/j.jnn.2015.05.004

Author Broom, Margaret
Gardner, Anne
Kecskes, Zsuzsoka
Kildea, Sue
Title How can we help staff transition to a new NICU design?
Journal name Journal of Neonatal Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1355-1841
Publication date 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jnn.2015.05.004
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 21
Issue 5
Start page 180
End page 185
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract

Research has highlighted transitioning to the new design may be challenging for staff. To facilitate the transition to a new NICU we have searched literature to find strategies other units have implemented during their transition.


Literature was retrieved via electronic and manual searches of MEDLINE, CINAHL, Science Direct and Cochrane databases. A list of keywords directed our search: Intensive Care Units, Neonatal, Hospital Design and Construction, Single Room Design (SRD), Change Management and Staff Attitude to Change.


Seven articles provided detailed outlines of the strategies they implemented during transition to SRD. Our search has also highlighted the limited published work on solving staff issues post transition.


This review provides an outline of strategies to facilitate the transition when changing NICU design. Future research that specifically targets the issues highlighted by staff may assist in finding long term solutions for those transitioning to a new NICU design.
Keyword Neonatal
Intensive care
Hospital design
Staff attitudes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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