Nurses are essential to the healthcare industry, and the current pandemic has shown us that their mental health and well-being is paramount. So, how can designers create spaces to support nurses and healthcare providers in a tangible way? HMC Architects’ Healthcare Planner and Researcher Adeleh Nejati, AIA, PhD, LEED AP, WELL AP, EDAC, will explore this question at the Healthcare Design (HCD) virtual conference on November 10 in a session titled “Design of Staff Restorative Environments: Replicated Research on Places of Respite.”

Nejati, ClarkRN Consulting’s Clinical Operations Specialist Erin Clark, RN, MS, EDAC, and Kaiser Permanente’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive Lina Knodel will discuss ways to design and foster the conditions to support nurse satisfaction, performance, and, ultimately, improved outcomes for patients and healthcare organizations. The trio will present empirical evidence from recent research on health-promoting respite programs and spaces from nurse leaders’ perspectives and discuss new design solutions to improve well-being and remedy burnout.

HMC has begun an extensive research initiative to better understand the needs of our healthcare clients and bring them the future of design. The firm is exploring the pandemic as an opportunity to learn, reinvent, and most importantly help clients amid the crisis. HMC is committed to sharing these findings with the industry in a series of white papers that focus on five main areas of Technology, Adaptability and Flexibility, Regulatory/Budgetary/Institutional Impacts, Space Needs/Reduction and Restructuring, and Impact to Wellness/Mental Health. In addition to the firm’s COVID-19 research, HMC has conducted an in-depth study to truly understand and improve the healthcare experience for patients with cancer. As architects we focus on the environmental touch points that support hope and resolve. So, the firm mapped the process to learn more about the benefits patients and their family members perceived. The patient stories outlined in this report have become our lessons. And their journeys will inform how we design the cancer care facilities of tomorrow.

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HCD is an annual conference that brings together the industry’s top healthcare design professionals to gain insight, information, and inspiration to inform their work—now and into the future. This year’s conference will be held virtually from November 9-12. To learn more, or to register, visit the HCD Virtual website.