Nearly $200 billion of healthcare construction is expected by the year 2015, and nurse leaders must expand their knowledge and capabilities in healthcare design. The goal of this bimonthly department is to prepare the nurse leader in using the 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 authors discuss methods to prepare nurses to have an active and informed voice and leadership roles in the design of healthcare facilities.
Authors' affiliations: Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Concentration Chair for Nursing Services Administration (Dr Stichler), School of Nursing, San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif; Doctoral Program Coordinator and Associate Professor (Dr Cesario), College of Nursing, Texas Woman's University, Houston, Tex.
Correspondence: Dr Stichler, PO Box 28278, San Diego, CA 92198 (firstname.lastname@example.org).