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Aug. 14-17: Nursing Conference for Excellence in Healthcare Design

The Inaugural International Nursing Conference for Excellence in Healthcare Design: History, Design and Innovation will be held Aug. 14 to 17 at the Clemson University Nursing Building in Greenville, South Carolina. It will be hosted by the School of Nursing and supported by the Clemson University Academy of Nursing Excellence in Design. Register here.

The McMorrow Reports/Healthcare is a Diamond Sponsor of the conference. Nursing, Architecture, Interior, EDAC CEUs will be provided. Conference themes include Nursing History and Florence Nightingale, Philosophy, Methods, Nursing + Architecture Health, Nursing + Human Factors Community + Environment, multidisciplinary review of the role of nursing in healthcare design. The conference will include presentations, posters and panel discussions with healthcare design leaders. A draft schedule can be found here.

The mission of the conference is to:

• Disseminate new knowledge obtained through research related to the effect of healthcare design on patient (family), provider and organizational outcomes.
• Identify best practices for nurse leadership in healthcare design.
• Stimulate innovation in healthcare design.
• Encourage interprofessional collaboration and engagement.
• Identify opportunities for nurse, patient/family input into safety improvements in healthcare design.
• Foster an inclusive platform for specialty design settings (global health, military health, integrative health, etc.) that expands and supports the role of nurse leaders in the design of specific specialty practices.

The conference features more than 50 presentations from design, healthcare, nursing researchers, practitioners and industry experts focusing on:


* A decentralized nurses station design; 

* The impact of the physical healthcare environment on nurse fatigue;

 * The impact of the layout of cardiovascular intensive care units on patient care; 

* Evaluating nurse perceptions of alternative preoperative room designs in VR using scenario-based simulations;

* Nurses insights on team-based primary care environments;

* The environmental needs in the post-operative rooms;

* Integrating post-occupancy evaluation into the design process, among others. 

In addition to the presentations, there are two panels on Saturday morning:


The International and National State of the Science panel includes Kathy Reno, Ph.D., MBA, BSN, RN, a health care architecture consultant, Brenda McDermott, RN, MSN, EDAC, with the Department of Defense, and Lily Salkoff, Healthcare Specialist for Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance, and member of IFMA Health Care Council.


The Clemson University State of the Science panel includes School of Architecture faculty David Allison, FAIA, FACHA, and Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., EDAC, as well as Clemson School of Computing faculty member Nathan McNeese, Ph.D.

Keynote speakers for each day:


Day 1 – Lynn McDonald to present “Florence Nightingale and the Built Environment for Health”
Lynn McDonald, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph, Ontario. She earned her Ph.D. at the London School of Economics and has an honorary doctorate and is a member of the Order of Canada. She is the director of the 16-volume Collected Works of Florence Nightingale. She has also published on sociological theory, especially women theorists, and criminology. She is a former member of Parliament, when her Non-Smokers’ Health Act was the first legislation in the world to establish smoke-free work and public places. A climate-change activist, she is co-founder of JustEarth: A Coalition for Environmental Justice.

Day 2 – Jaynelle Stichler to present “Nursing and Design for Health”
Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNS, RN, NEA-BCR, EDAC, FACHE, FAAN, is Professor Emerita at San Diego State University, Co-Editor of HERD Journal, and Research Consultant for the Center of Nursing Excellence, Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Stichler has authored over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books and is a frequent presenter at national and international nursing and healthcare design conferences. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Science from the University of San Diego and is a Fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Day 3 – Emily Patterson to present “Applying Human Factors to Room Design to Support Nurses’ Work”
Emily S. Patterson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Division of Health Information Management and Systems, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Medicine at the Ohio State University. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. Patterson applies human factors engineering to improve patient safety and quality in healthcare. She has served as a scientific advisor for The Joint Commission and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She serves as Associate Editor for Human Factors and on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Day 4 – Kirk Hamilton will present “Evidence-Based Nurse/Architect Collaboration Impacts Outcomes”
Kirk Hamilton, Ph.D., FAIA, FACHA, EDAC, is the Julie & Craig Beale Endowed Professor of Health Facility Design at Texas A&M University, teaching healthcare design at the graduate level after 30 years of active practice. Board certified by the American College of Healthcare Architects, with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas, a master’s degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, and a recent Ph.D. in Nursing & Healthcare Innovation at Arizona State University, studying ICU nurse movement patterns and interaction with objects. An author and advocate for evidence-based design, Hamilton co-edits the peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD) of which he is a founding co-editor.

Registration fees are: Regular, until Aug. 5, $595, after August 5, $695, except for students or low resource country government employees who pay $195. To register, click here.

If paying by check, make it payable to Clemson University and mail to: Attn. Kesha Smith, Clemson University School of Nursing, 508 Edwards Hall, Clemson, SC 29634

For updates, follow the Clemson University School of Nursing on Facebook and on Twitter, @Clemson_Nurse. Conference hashtag is #NHDC2019.

The hotel for the conference will be The Westin Poinsett , Greenville, SC. There is a room block and special rate for participants. There is a complimentary airport shuttle to the hotel and from the hotel to the conference venue.

Sponsors include: Diamond: International Facility Management Association (IFMA) The McMorrow Reports/Healthcare.

Gold: Nexxspan Healthcare, LLC, Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.

Silver HKS Architects, nora by Interface.

Bronze: Atreo, Blue Cottage of Cannon Design, Ecore Intl., Mazzetti, Midmark Corp., NBBJ , and rlf.

Please email any questions to nursingconference@clemson.edu

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