ERIN CLARK: Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design

May 12, 2018 | Wellness

Working to integrate the clinical voice into the design of the healthcare environment

Erin Clark RN, MS, EDAC has been a nurse for 13 years and has a background in a variety of clinical settings including Critical Care, Acute Care, Ambulatory Care and Home Health nursing.  After pursuing a graduate degree in Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Design at UCSF, she started working as a project manager handling operations planning and transitions planning for organizations moving into new hospitals across the US.  Erin has worked with over 20 hospitals as they move into new healthcare environments.  Through this work, Erin has gained a unique and valuable understanding of the outcome of the built environment and has more recently started to bring that experience to organizations during the planning and design of hospitals. Erin serves as the marketing and communications board member of the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design (NIHD), an organization striving to engage and integrate clinical expertise into the planning and design of healthcare environments.  Debbie Gregory, a registered nurse founded NIHD in 2010 with Lara Hayes, a nurse colleague.  After earning a second degree in interior design, Debbie began to see the gap of communication and lack of inclusion for the nursing staff throughout the evolution of the design projects.  NIHD, a not-for-profit organization, is all about leadership, education, and advocacy for nursing leadership and the role they can play in collaboration for healthcare design and construction.
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In this episode:

  • Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design – What is it?
  • There are more avenues to nursing than working at the bedside
  • The creativity of nurses and getting them involved in the design of the built environment
  • How collaboration among all can be the smartest investment for healthcare operators in the long run
  • Providing space for physical, mental, and spiritual respite and healing for caregivers and staff
  • Attracting nursing staff and bringing more awareness to the potential for the multitude of opportunities available for nurses
  • NIHD being more than the built environment – it’s also about culture, innovation, research, creativity, etc.
  • Technology in the built environment and maintaining a patient-provider relationship

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