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  • 1. EVERYONE BENEFITS FROM Nursing Focused Design Farrow Partnership Architects Inc. www.farrowpartnership.com
  • 2. Howʼs your health lately?
  • 3. Howʼs your health lately? Feeling fine?
  • 4. Howʼs your health lately? Feeling fine? Thatʼs good, because if you get sick...
  • 5. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH NURSES
  • 6. WHY not enough nurses? INCREASINGLY COMPLEX DEMANDS COPING with EXTREME STRESS VERBAL ABUSE PHYSICAL ABUSE INJURIES PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT STEREOTYPES of the PROFESSION
  • 7. What can be done? INCREASINGLY COMPLEX DEMANDS COPING with EXTREME STRESS VERBAL ABUSE PHYSICAL ABUSE INJURIES PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT STEREOTYPES of the PROFESSION
  • 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. raises blood pressure saps energy lowers commitment increases potential for mistakes encourages early retirement What is the IMPACT of a stressful environment?
  • 10. © Farrow Partnership Architects / Credit Valley Hospital / photo: Peter Seller How can DESIGN reduce STRESS? physically? emotionally?
  • 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. © 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. © Farrow Partnership Architects / Credit Valley Hospital / photo: Peter Seller capacity morale and best work. to their nurses’ Design can affect well-being,
  • 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. “When Ms Nightingale began nursing in 1851, hospitals were squalid places with horrid working conditions…
  • 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. Nurses deserve a working environment © Farrow Partnership Architects / Credit Valley Hospital / photo: Shai Gil that is energizing, life-affirming, and professional.
  • 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