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  1. Keys, Yolanda DHA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, EDAC


OBJECTIVE: This descriptive survey explores the experiences of chief nursing officers (CNOs) who have participated in hospital-based building or remodeling projects.


BACKGROUND: As a pivotal member of the leadership team for facility projects, CNOs are often charged with contributing to decisions regarding placement of technology connections, selection of design elements to prevent healthcare-associated infections, choice of location for supplies, and management of construction change orders.


METHODS: A descriptive survey approach guided telephone interviews with 12 CNOs from across the United States. Credibility was achieved through peer debriefing and member checking. Transferability was demonstrated through detailed description; dependability and confirmability were demonstrated through an audit trail of the data collection and analysis processes.


RESULTS: Three main themes were identified, and a list of practice implications was developed.


CONCLUSIONS: CNOs can use the recommendations from this study as a starting point for future building or remodeling projects.