Enabling staff wellness
Over the years, studies have shown that nursing staff burnout is a major issue in healthcare, given the demanding nature of the job. To ensure that they are able to provide optimum levels of care on a consistent basis, methods to minimize stress and provide a supportive environment need to be addressed.
Designers need to work closely with clinical care providers focusing on:
- Respite Stations – Staff require an area that shields them from the demanding nature of their jobs when on break. Whether it’s a “yin room” where they can compose themselves, a secluded nook providing optical privacy and sunlight, or something else, these rooms are a critical component of staff longevity.
- Camaraderie – Nurses and other staff members who thrive off of communal support will benefit greatly from workstations that are strategically designed to facilitate peer-to-peer engagement and collaboration. This also benefits younger staffers, who will be able to be more effectively mentored by their peers in a setting that enables increased interaction.
- Balance – While staff require improved visibility and easy accessibility into patient rooms, that doesn’t mean that they can’t benefit from a measure of privacy themselves. Staff can benefit greatly from being shielded from the inherently exhausting day-to-day challenges of cancer care.
Designs that address the needs of nursing staff and patients is critical in hospitals providing cancer care. With improved visibility to patient rooms, a focus on central working zones that drive collaboration and mentoring, as well as staff rooms that provide privacy for respite, patient care can be elevated to be more impactful.
Annabella Koloskov, is senior medical planner, EYP.