Space shall be provided within the NICU to meet the professional,
personal, and administrative needs of the staff. Rooms shall be
sized and located to provide privacy and to satisfy their intended
function. Locker, lounge, private toilet facilities and on-call
rooms are required at a minimum.
Interpretation: Support elements can be defined
as those that facilitate the provision of infant care and the well
being of the staff; they may account for at least one third of the
floor space of the entire unit.
Staffing areas are defined as space limited to use by staff
members to meet personal, professional, and administrative needs.
These areas include lockers, lounges, counseling, education and
conference space, and on-call rooms that provide privacy and satisfy
their intended function.