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Blog spotlight: Nurses use artistic talents to improve patient experience and hospital atmosphere

Nurse Leader Insider, October 5, 2009

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This past summer, nurses Mary Cohn and Annette Bargmann of Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Parole, MD, visited patient rooms armed not with medication, but with acrylic paint.

AAMC is undergoing a series of renovations that have necessitated many windows in the acute care pavilion being covered with a film to darken the windows to shield patients from the occasional glare of the construction equipment and provide more privacy. This film has replaced the natural light flooding into patient rooms and has created a gloomy atmosphere.

Cohn and Bargmann decided to put their artistic abilities to the test and decorate the windows covered by the films. They wanted to use images and designs that would not only cheer the patients up, but the nurses as well.

Has your facility attempted something similar to this? What other tactics can be used to keep a positive atmosphere during construction or other gloomy situations?

Click here to read more on AAMC's window painting and respond with questions or ideas. Just click the comments link and let your voice be heard.



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