Nurses lend some de­sign ad­vice

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

And while the Cal­i­for­nia mu­seum looks at nurs­ing’s past, in Florida, some nurses have been mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to the fu­ture with a unique de­sign pro­ject.

When Florida Hos­pi­tal Or­lando moved its neuro-crit­i­cal-care unit from a tight J-shaped space to a new wing of the med­i­cal cen­ter, it called on nurses to help with the re­design. The result was an open-con­cept floor plan that elim­i­nated ex­cess noise, added more room for loved ones and brought in nat­u­ral light. “Any time we could take down a wall or elim­i­nate a wall, we did,” says Mary Jo Petersen, nurse direc­tor.

Pa­tient rooms have glass walls to bring in light; they also leave enough space for a loveseat sofa for fam­ily mem­bers and other vis­i­tors. “We prac­tice pa­tient-cen­tered medicine,” Petersen says.

Florida Hos­pi­tal em­barked on the ren­o­va­tion pro­ject two years ago when it moved the unit from its cramped quar­ters into the 31,860square-foot space. A mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team of nurses, doc­tors and phys­i­cal and res­pi­ra­tory ther­a­pists brain­stormed best de­sign prac­tices. “We got case man­agers in­volved; we got pa­tients, fam­ily and vis­i­tors in­volved,” Petersen says.

Al­coves be­tween pa­tient rooms, which are sit­u­ated at an an­gle, al­low nurses to be right be­side their pa­tients, with easy ac­cess to equip­ment.

The cen­tral nurses’ sta­tion also fea­tures a large oval con­fer­ence ta­ble that al­lows greater team col­lab­o­ra­tion. “It’s al­most like a big fam­ily,” says Kerry Puteg­nat, nurse man­ager. “Every­body loves it so far.”

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