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Does Privacy Trump Visibility? Examining an Iconic Hospital's Radial Nursing Unit



This presentation was offered at Healthcare Design 2013 conference by the same title. 
Webinar is offered to internal Gresham Smith & Partners staff only.

When leaders of the iconic Florida Hospital Waterman decided to build out the 6th floor to add nursing beds, they initially assumed the headwall of the patient room would remain visible from the nurse’s station. However, the design team challenged this assumption and the hospital leaders agreed to explore alternatives. This investigation explores the impacts of that decision on a variety of outcomes, including staff time spent in the patient rooms, acoustics, patient satisfaction, and falls. Presenters will outline critical questions in this study and their findings and share the whether this radial nursing unit promotes better outcomes. (1 Continuing Education Unit)


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the design condundrum at Florida Hospital Waterman relative to bed positioning in the orthopedic unit
  2. Participants will be able to describe the effect of reorienting the patient bed on acoustics, patient falls, nurse time spent in patient room and other outcomes evaluated
  3. Participants will be able to describe the limitations of this particular EBD study



LeLayna France, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager, Joint Replacement Center, Florida Hospital Waterman; Elisa Worden-Kirouac, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC, Principal, Senior Interior Designer, Gresham, Smith and Partners; Sheila Bosch, PhD, LEED AP, EDAC, Director of Research, Gresham, Smith and Partners; Robert A. (Skip) Yauger, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and Director of Healthcare Services, Gresham, Smith and Partners; Beth Hiltonen, IIDA, LEED AP, Senior Interior Designer, Associate, Gresham, Smith and Partners



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