Restorative Design Features for Hospital Staff Break Areas: A Multi-Method Study
Objectives: The study investigated the main restorative components of staff break areas in healthcare facilities, by assessing usage patterns, verbal/visual preferences, and perceived restorative qualities of specific design features found in break areas for hospital staff. Background: Nurses are extremely important to the healthcare industry, and maintaining the quality of nursing care is a central concern for healthcare administrators. While healthcare leaders are concerned about improving nurses’ satisfaction, performance, and job retention, they may overlook the importance of respite for nurses and underestimate the value of designing staff break areas to maximize their restorative potential.
Adeleh Nejati, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC1, Mardelle Shepley, FAIA, EDAC, FACHA, LEED AP BDþC2, Susan Rodiek, PhD, NCARB, EDAC1, Chanam Lee, PhD3, and James Varni, PhD3,