October 25th, 2021 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

2021 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference

Cleveland, Ohio


Caring for the Caregiver: The Role of Culture and the Built Environment on Nurse Respite

Presented by Gresham Smith Technical Practice Leader Carolyn Blake, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC, Gresham Smith Healthcare Director of Research and Innovation Lesa Lorusso, Ph.D., RID, AlliedAIA, MSArch, UF Health North Associate Vice President of Nursing Linda Lawson, DBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, and Steelcase Regional Healthcare Manager Robin Maddalena

Attracting and retaining qualified nursing staff has been a critical concern for some time, and the increased demands on nursing due to COVID-19 has contributed to rising nursing shortages and high rates of turnover. To mitigate strain, healthcare systems are creating spaces specifically designed to help nursing staff relax and recharge. This presentation shares how one academic medical center infused evidence-based design principles into break lounges for nurses and then utilized cutting-edge technology to study their impact. Participants will hear from research and design professionals, as well as nursing senior leadership, about lessons learned regarding the role of cultural influences and the impact of the built environment on nurse respite.


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