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Beating the Burnout Blues: Elevating workplace culture & staff experience through design

A nurse once told me she spent 30 minutes in her car listening to music preparing herself to face the coming shift. Essential team members within the healthcare system, nurses are leaving the profession in droves, and today I wonder if that nurse is one of them. The biggest culprit of this turnover? Burnout. Symptoms include physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, job dissatisfaction, depression and for some, PTSD. Increased stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the issue.  Read More …

Creating Comfort: Three tips for making efficient spaces for staff to recharge

A staff respite area in a healthcare setting is an essential place for staff — the hospital’s caregivers — to reset, rejuvenate and restore. This space provides a resting area where they can relieve from stress and take care of themselves after taking care of others. The area can also be a social hub for healthcare workers to connect, communicate and collaborate with each other.  Read More …

Holistic Support: Embracing staff well-being through design at the Pavilion

While the need for healthcare staff respite was not a new idea before COVID-19, no one knew the extent of how necessary it would become. The uncertainties experienced throughout the pandemic emphasized the need for hospital design features that not only help prevent burnout, but actually nurture and nourish staff when they need it most.  Read More …

Nurturing the Nurturer with Spaces that Support, De-stress + Connect

Even as many of us ask whether, and when, to return to the workplace and address concerns from air quality to proximity to one another, healthcare professionals never stopped going to “the office.” And the coronavirus crisis has revealed the hospital setting as a critical workplace that deserves the same—and perhaps greater—attention to productivity, protection, comfort, efficiency and satisfaction. Read More …

White Paper Explores Best Practices for Designing to Enhance Care Team Communication in Healthcare Environments

Communication is essential for every successful team. In fact, it’s especially critical for clinical care teams in healthcare environments, where a quick conversation—or a simple misunderstanding—can mean the difference between life and death. Read More …

Do Decentralized Nursing Units Work?

In the past 10 years, the decentralized nurse station has gained popularity in new hospital design and construction for several hypothesized benefits: 1) to account for larger nursing unit size with the shift to all-private patient rooms, and reduce walking distance; 2) to place nurses close to the patient bedside, afford more direct patient care time and provide better patient care and Read More …

Evidence-Based, Staff-Centered Design

The recently published “Design Characteristics of Healthcare Environments: the Nurses’ Perspective” (World Health Design, January 2014) by Rana Sagha Zadeh, Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, Laurie Waggener and Laura Kennedy, sought to identify the most important characteristics of a work environment Read More …

Healthcare Design Trends and the Employee Experience

Societal shifts, technology developments and the political landscape have greatly changed the way we live and the way we work within the past five years alone, and it’s often difficult to keep up with this ever-evolving nature — especially in the healthcare industry. Read More …

Design considerations for the total health of caregivers

We believe that we are human beings, caring for other human beings. That simple, profound statement is at the top of the list of Planetree beliefs. Although not every hospital is a part of the Planetree organization, Read More …

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