In hospitals and nursing facilities today, the creation of a truly comfortable atmosphere is of highest priority, not only in terms of patient experience but, just as important, in terms of staff experience. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 million registered nurses work in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities making nursing the largest hospital/SNF workforce. As the front line of contact, they play a vital role in shaping the experience and quality of care patients receive at a facility. Therefore, it is of great priority to ensure optimal working conditions. When one of the top complaints from nursing staff is pain related to working on their feet, the place to first consider enhancing staff experience is the floor and the shoes on their feet.
Heel pain, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain and low back
pain — all stemming from long hours worked while standing — are common
grievances among nursing professionals. With some nurses walking the equivalent
of several miles in a single shift, there is a wide focus on proper shoes.
It is equally important to identify other potential sources of discomfort, including the actual floor.
At Regency Nursing Centers, we consider both.
Our carpet is soft, luxurious, yet resilient as well (and pretty too) and our nurses report that it helps alleviate discomfort throughout the day.
In addition, our nurses are encouraged to wear comfortable footwear, including clogs.