September 10th, 2020 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Center for Health Design Webinar


Caring for the Caregiver: Understanding the role of Culture and the Built Environment on Nurse Respite

Presented by Gresham Smith Director of Healthcare Research and Innovation Lesa Lorusso, PhD, Gresham Smith Senior Interior Designer Carolyn Blake, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC, and UF Health North Associate Vice President of Nursing Linda Lawson, DBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

The need to proactively care for the caregiver has increased exponentially due to COVID-19, particularly for nurses who represent a large percentage of the healthcare workforce. Attracting and retaining qualified nursing staff has been a critical concern for some time, and the increased demands of nursing in the midst of the global pandemic has contributed to rising nursing shortages and high rates of turnover. To mitigate this organizational strain, healthcare systems are creating spaces specifically designed to help nursing staff relax and recharge during shifts.

Join us for a discussion of 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. You will hear from research and design professionals as well as nursing senior leadership on lessons learned regarding the role of cultural influences and the impact of the built environment on nurse respite.


Learn more about the webinar online here.