While efforts to improve the patient experience may be the primary driver behind healthcare design projects today, staff satisfaction isn’t far behind. Healthcare worker recruitment and retention is a critical issue for any organization, as is physician and nurse burnout.

To answer those needs, new facilities boast environments that offer opportunities for both staff respite and wellness in addition to modern workspaces that support collaboration and team-based care delivery.

Additional considerations are made for everything from safety and security to efficiency and communication.

Below, find some recent trend stories and project profiles covering the varying ways staff needs are being addressed via design in healthcare environments.

How Can Design Help Address Clinician Burnout?

This industry needs to promote design solutions that address the causes and effects of clinician fatigue, stress, and disenchantment to provide a better future for staff and patients.

Healthcare Design For Introverts And Extroverts: Staff Considerations

If the population is divided equally between introverts and extroverts, how is healthcare design addressing the needs of both? This blog series explores the issue, first looking at provisions for hospital staff.

Voices of Veterans, Staff Shape New VA Hospital

NBBJ enlisted the help of more than 100 veterans and conducted 70 hours of observation to guide the design of the new Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Replacement Medical Center in New Orleans.

Vision Realized at NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center

The new 734,000-square-foot center answers goals to transform ambulatory care and challenge conventional design approaches to large, urban facilities.

What Corporate America Can Teach Healthcare About Staff Satisfaction

As healthcare continues to move toward being a consumer-based service, focus has appropriately been placed on the experience and satisfaction of patients and families. To achieve positive results, healthcare has borrowed many ideas from retail and hospitality. But what about the staff? Who is caring for the caregivers? Can these same principles apply to their satisfaction? There’s much that healthcare can learn from companies like Google, Microsoft, Virgin Atlantic, and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Designing A Safer OR

A research team is deep into a four-year learning lab to improve the surgical environment for staff and patients.

Response Time: Re-thinking ED Design

The ongoing evolution of emergency care delivery, technology, and patient and staff expectations is requiring forward-thinking ED designs.

Delivering A New Experience  

Today’s NICUs are being designed with an enhanced focus on baby care and family satisfaction, while integrating operational efficiency for staff. 

A Fresh Approach

Entering a new market for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children came with the opportunity to refine existing outpatient operations and create a site-specific design solution.

Searching For The Perfect Nursing Station Design

Looking to add to the body of research on nursing station design and the effects of different models on nurse communication, care processes, and patient outcomes, researchers and staff at the University of Kentucky teamed up with University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Ky.

Preventive Measures: Designing For Safety In The ED

To head off the potential for violence in emergency departments, designers must balance care delivery needs with solutions that achieve a calm, secure environment.