Megan Doede, PhD, RN

Megan Doede, PhD, RN
  • Assistant Professor
    Family and Community Health
Room 665A, School of Nursing Building


  • BA, Biology, Hood College, 1998
  • BSN, nursing, Johns Hopkins University, 2000
  • MS, community/PHN, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 2013
  • PhD, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 2019

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants, and Sponsored Research

  • Date:
    2019 - 2020
    Dean's Teaching Scholar
    Sponsoring Organization:

Research Activity

  • Duration:
    2017 - 2019
    Neonatal Nurses Work in the Single Family Room Setting
    In the past twenty years, many neonatal intensive care units (NICU) have undergone a transition from open bay units to single family room (SFR) designs. This has had both positive and negative effects on nurses work. While there is literature documenting the advantages and disadvantages of private rooms in the NICU, there is little thoughtful discussion of how the SFR layout impacts nurses' work. Survey methods may be unsuited to capturing the complexities of this topic. Therefore, this study used a qualitative design, interpretive description, to answer the question, what is it like for nurses to work in a SFR NICU? Detailed observations of nurses' work in a SFR NICU, interviews, and examination of collateral documents were analyzed to produce a conceptual description of the relationship between the physical environment and NICU nurses' work. The results of this study may assist hospitals and occupational health professionals to better understand the impact of unit layout on nurses' work; assist in the creation of a valid and reliable instrument that measures the congruence of hospital design with nurses' work; suggest optimal unit layout configurations that support the community of occupants; and assist NICU nurses and nurse managers in preparing for SFR construction and the resultant changes. It is anticipated that the results of this study can be generalized to nurses working in other NICUs.


  • Doede, M. (2017). Race as a predictor of job satisfaction and turnover in US nurses. JOURNAL OF NURSING MANAGEMENT, 25 (3), 207-214. doi:10.1111/jonm.12460
  • Doede, M., Trinkoff, A. M. & Gurses, A. P. (2018, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 1). Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Layout and Nurses' Work.. HERD, 11 (1), 101-118. doi:10.1177/1937586717713734