Saturday, 22 July 2006: 11:45 AM-1:00 PM
Special Session: The Nursing Perspective: Why and How to Involve Nursing Staff in the Hospital Design Process
Learning Objective #1: Gain a greater understanding of the value of nurse engagement in the hospital design process.
Learning Objective #2: Keep nurses involved throughout the process of design, so that learning may be shared in other parts of the hospital or hospital system.
The healthcare industry is in the midst of an unprecedented hospital construction boom, with more than $200 billion projected to be spent on building new hospitals by the end of the decade. As facilities are renovated and replaced, it is critically important that health care leaders and design professionals engage nurses in the design process at the beginning of and throughout the process. More than any other hospital profession, nurses "live and work" in the patient care units and have a wealth of valuable knowledge regarding facility design and how that design impacts the work environment and care patients and families receive. In this session, participants will learn innovative ways hospitals are involving nursing in the design process, and how nurses are positively informing the design process to make hospital units better and safer places for patients to receive care, and for nurses to deliver quality care.
Organizer:Cheryl Herbert, RN, BSN, MBA
Presenter:Cheryl Herbert, RN, BSN, MBA