A nurses station is just that: a station for nurses. Typically on each floor of a health care facility, there is a dedicated area where nurses can sit and perform work-related activities not involving direct patient care: charting, lots and lots of charting. BUT IT IS ONLY FOR NURSES. It's not a doctors station, so doctors aren't allowed. It's not a students station, so students aren't allowed. In fact, any trespassers will be shot with a Haldol blowdart and be left to the wolves.
The nurses station has been a site of controversy over the past few years when it comes to open beverages. Though three nurses died on October 11, 2014 as a result of open beverage containers at the nurses station, the Joint Commission created a loophole on January 9, 2016 allowing for the consumption of coffee as they felt the benefits of medical providers being somewhat conscious was beneficial. As for food, everyone eats at the nurses station except for those few days when the Joint Commission visits.