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Assessing Preferences and Perceived Restorative Qualities of Break Spaces for Nurses in China

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While it is clear that nurses in China need support to adequately perform their jobs, little is known about how restorative spaces impact their mental and physical health. This study investigated nurses’ preference for (a) proximity of break areas, (b) functionality of break areas, (c) amenities, and (d) nature-related environmental features. Data were collected through interviews (N = 12), survey questionnaires (N = 88), and visual assessments (N = 88) with nurses who worked in inpatient settings in China. The results show that nurses preferred break rooms to be close to nursing stations, to have visual privacy from patients, to provide spaces and amenities for drinking, taking naps, dining, and chatting. Balconies and windows were shown to have a greater restorative effect than other nature-related design features (plants, artwork, photo walls, and sea video). Well-designed break areas were perceived to have positive impacts on nurse well-being, and patient and organizational outcomes.

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143 pages

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2021-08

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break spaces; China; nurse; restorative

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Shepley, Mardelle M.

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Hammer, Tove Helland

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Design and Environmental Analysis

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M.S., Design and Environmental Analysis

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Master of Science

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