Physician burnout has been declared a public health crisis — and that was before the pandemic.
Today, forward-thinking healthcare institutions are reimagining the ways they support the wellbeing of their physicians, nurses and staff to curb burnout, and at the same time, address other consequential challenges like quality of patient care and rising healthcare costs. Many are finding success through nature: small green spaces creatively embedded on their campuses, accessible to nurses and physicians during their breaks.
We’ve seen the impact of these spaces first-hand. Over the last 25 years, we’ve partnered with healthcare organizations across the country to infuse green spaces designed for healing and respite — what we call Sacred Places — on their grounds. In fact, we even partnered with one of the most prominent researchers in evidence-based healthcare design to study this approach. The research is clear: nearby nature intervention measurably reduces symptoms of stress and burnout in nurses.
To help support more healthcare institutions, we’ve devised a Nature for Wellness Initiative for healthcare organizations that leverages our two-plus decades of experience, our unique 5-staged methodology and an experienced Nature Sacred Design Team to guide, consult and collaborate with healthcare organizations looking to create healing, transformative Sacred Places on their campus.
Why does this matter? To briefly explain, we pulled in Nature Sacred collaborator, Dr. Roger Ulrich, a pioneer in evidence-based healthcare design, and author of a landmark 1984 study that found that people recovering from surgery in hospital rooms with views of nature needed shorter stays and fewer doses of strong pain medication than did those in rooms looking onto a brick wall.
By partnering together, we work to:
Nature Sacred curates a focused team to partner with organizations looking to integrate a healing Sacred Place, or series of Sacred Places, on their healthcare campuses. Design Advisors and Nature Sacred staff are hand-picked based on relevant skills and experience with healthcare institutions to lead the program forward. We lean on our national Firesoul Network for real-time ideation as we go — and look to our DEI Advisors for guidance as needed.
Your Nature Sacred team will guide through every stage of the process, engineered to:
By virtue of creating a Sacred Place, as Firesoul, you’re automatically folded into our Nature Sacred Firesoul Network — a nationwide alliance of like-minded peers and community leaders. Here, you can: