Nursing Focused Design

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Nursing Focused Design

  1. 1. EVERYONE BENEFITS FROM Nursing Focused Design Farrow Partnership Architects Inc. www.farrowpartnership.com
  2. 2. Howʼs your health lately?
  3. 3. Howʼs your health lately? Feeling fine?
  4. 4. Howʼs your health lately? Feeling fine? Thatʼs good, because if you get sick...
  5. 5. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH NURSES
  6. 6. WHY not enough nurses? INCREASINGLY COMPLEX DEMANDS COPING with EXTREME STRESS VERBAL ABUSE PHYSICAL ABUSE INJURIES PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT STEREOTYPES of the PROFESSION
  7. 7. What can be done? INCREASINGLY COMPLEX DEMANDS COPING with EXTREME STRESS VERBAL ABUSE PHYSICAL ABUSE INJURIES PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT STEREOTYPES of the PROFESSION
  8. 8. cold, corporate and generic deprived of positive distractions remote from nature dull and depressing no place to relax What are the INGREDIENTS of a stressful environment?
  9. 9. raises blood pressure saps energy lowers commitment increases potential for mistakes encourages early retirement What is the IMPACT of a stressful environment?
  10. 10. © Farrow Partnership Architects / Credit Valley Hospital / photo: Peter Seller How can DESIGN reduce STRESS? physically? emotionally?
  11. 11. minimize walking distances protect personal safety Kensington Eye Clinic photo: Tom Arban © Farrow Partnership Architects / Bishop Strahan School/ /photo: Shai Gil DESIGN CAN REDUCE PHYSICAL STRESS ergonomic workstations built-in patient lift devices non-toxic materials
  12. 12. © Salter Farrow Pilon Architects Inc., of which Farrow Partnership Architects is a successor firm / Thunder Bay Regional views to nature natural materials and themes spaces for social interaction DESIGN CAN REDUCE EMOTIONAL STRESS Health Sciences Centre/ photo: Peter Sellar dedicated off-stage spaces places for art and music uplifting and inspiring aesthetic
  13. 13. © Farrow Partnership Architects / Credit Valley Hospital / photo: Peter Seller capacity morale and best work. to their nurses’ Design can affect well-being,
  14. 14. Nurses make all the difference. © Farrow Partnership Architects / Wellesley Central Place/ photo: Tom Arban We depend on them when we’re in a vulnerable state.
  15. 15. “When Ms Nightingale began nursing in 1851, hospitals were squalid places with horrid working conditions…
  16. 16. “…in relative terms, today’s health care institutions are not much better, and the work environment of nurses continues to be disgracefully bad” Andre Picard The Globe and Mail
  17. 17. Nurses deserve a working environment © Farrow Partnership Architects / Credit Valley Hospital / photo: Shai Gil that is energizing, life-affirming, and professional.
  18. 18. We cannot address every issue that weighs on the nursing profession, but we can create places of comfort and inspiration. Farrow Partnership Architects Inc. www.farrowpartnership.com

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