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

When: September 10, 2020
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


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.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the design research literature supporting the role of the built environment on nurse respite.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based design elements critical to quality workplace restoration.
  • Obtain web-based analytical tools to study the impact of the built environment on behavior.
  • Understand practical ways that future nurse break rooms can be designed for maximum efficiency.


Presenting Faculty

Lesa Lorusso, PhD, Healthcare Director of Research & Innovation, Gresham Smith

Lesa Lorusso is a firmwide resource at Gresham Smith, strengthening healthcare planning and design through research and innovation. She collaborates with the healthcare team to facilitate human-centered design and development and implementation of research strategy and scalable tools for knowledge sharing among healthcare planners and designers. She implements design thinking strategies throughout the healthcare practice and advise the Gresham Smith team on evaluative methodologies regarding healthcare facilities. Key roles involve identifying opportunities for EBD research and leading strategic implementation of research projects and developing external collaborative partnerships.

Carolyn Blake, Sr. Interior Designer, Gresham Smith

As a healthcare interior designer, Carolyn Blake focuses on the patient experience and creating designs that are functional and that exceed client expectations, within budget. As a recognized expert in Evidenced-Based Design, she brings each client design solutions that enhance the patient experience and improve staff morale. Carolyn is a passionate advocate for environments that support positive staff, patient and family experiences. Her belief in the fundamental relationship between the built environment and human comfort, well-being and healing have led her to build a portfolio of award-winning projects with satisfied clients.

Linda Lawson, DBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Associate Vice President of Nursing, UF Health North

Linda Lawson has spent 24 years as a registered nurse and 19 years in administrative leadership. She currently serves as the Associate Vice President (AVP) of Nursing at UF Health North where she oversees the 92- bed inpatient tower, the Emergency Department, and perioperative areas. Lawson’s input from the building design to the recruitment of clinical staff has helped to make UF Health North a valuable resource for north Jacksonville. Prior to becoming AVP of Nursing, she also performed her duties as division director for four Acute Care units at UF Health Jacksonville’s Downtown 8th Street campus, as well as Home Health, Inpatient Psychiatry and Transitional Care. This year, Lawson further developed her skillset by earning her doctorate in business administration from Northcentral University.