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Authors

  1. Stichler, Jaynelle F. DNSc, RN, FACHE

Abstract

With nearly US $200 billion of healthcare construction expected by 2015, nurse leaders must expand their knowledge and capabilities in healthcare design. This bimonthly department prepares nurse leaders to use evidence-based design process to ensure that new, expanded, and renovated hospitals facilitate optimal patient outcomes, enhance the work environment for healthcare providers, and improve organizational performance. In this article, the author presents evidence of design features that have either demonstrated improved safety outcomes or are currently being studied to determine their cost/benefit in improving safety.