The expenditure of healthcare construction dollars is expected to be over $100 billion in fiscal year 2015. As such, hospitals are seeking reliable, proficient ways to spend their money. One way to do it is through the first-hand, readily available insights of nursing staff.
As a Nurse Practitioner now working with a design firm, I can come to the table with extensive and eclectic insight and experience in hospital operations and clinical practice. Nurses like me serve as true advocates for the patient and their families, while understanding the needs and expectations of the hospital staff and administrative constraints for ROI. My goal with my clients is to bring their mission, vision, and end-user experience to the forefront to help navigate operations, improve the design process, and translate the needs and wants from staff to designers to hospital executives.
By involving nurses in the pre-design process, I have seen great success and savings in expending capital since their input directly informs proactive vs reactive preparation and planning for future business process and space. Adding this early step allows the design team to explore data and ideas and map present, future, and innovate approaches prior to being transformed into drawings or plans. It gives all an opportunity to study business trends, benchmarks, accreditation, service lines and evidenced-based practice requirements. This information is then used to align a hospital’s vision with its strategic plan.