Making wards more patient-friendly is all about teamwork If you want to find ways of creating more comfortable hospital wards, who better to ask than the people working on the ground? So we went to the Royal College of Nursing’s 2015 Congress to ask nurses what simple measures they would take to improve their ward environments. We had over 75 responses, from nurses keen to share their thoughts. Here’s what we found: - 81% of nurses strongly agreed, or agreed to some extent, that wards could make use of more natural daylight 80% think that lighting, temperature and noise can make it difficult for patients to rest during the day… …while 80% think that all these things can stand in the way of patients getting a good night’s sleep 85% think their facility is often either too hot, or too cold Less than half (43%) have “quiet times” – periods of “protected rest”, when noise and light is kept to a minimum to help patients sleep So what do nurses think they can do to address these challenges? Overwhelmingly, the people we surveyed said that working more closely with facilities teams would make a big difference. These are the staff who operate systems that control those key conditions highlighted in the survey: light, heat, and noise. Yet just 12% of the nurses who took part in the survey said they felt confident about using building controls, and only 23% said they were currently working closely with their facilities teams. It’s clear there is an appetite within the nursing community to make things better for their patients by working collaboratively. If you’re part of, or responsible for, a hospital facilities team, we can help you work with nursing staff to make small changes that will help create more pleasant, energy efficient wards. Find out more.