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Nurses’ important role in hospital design

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Jaynelle Stichler, R.N., told Healthcare Design Magazine that designers of hospitals should consult closely with nurses.

“Nurses have a very unique perspective on patient and family needs; therefore their informed voice at the design table is absolutely critical,” said Ms. Stichler,  founding co-editor of HERD Journal, professor emerita at San Diego State University and research consultant for Sharp Metro Campus.

Becker’s Hospital Review noted:

“Nurses have assumed roles as project directors or agents of the hospital directly interfacing with architects and other design professionals. Increasingly, nurses employed at hospitals are providing input at design meetings, sharing clinical insight and expertise about the needs of patients, families and care providers. The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design is an association that exists to engage and integrate clinical expertise and planning into the design of healthcare environments. More than 505 of their members represent architect and design firms, transition and activation planning companies, and provide organizational leadership strategically responsible for construction and renovation of healthcare spaces.”



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