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Place and Space: Healing Environments

3.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the importance of healing environments, their historical evolution, and their unique elements. Specific considerations for designing healing environments for children are briefly discussed, and the role of communication, education, and healthcare providers in developing healing environments are explored.
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Every individual has the capacity to enhance his or her healing process (or the healing process of clients) through the creation of healing environments - spaces that support the individual’s inner healer and utilize the environment to maximize its healing effects.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define healing environment.
  • Describe the historical evolution of healing environments.
  • Identify the outcomes of a healing environment.
  • Describe the role of color in creating a healing environment.
  • Describe the role of nature in creating a healing environment.
  • Describe the role of lighting in creating a healing environment.
  • Describe the roles of air quality and temperature in a healing environment.
  • Describe the role of smells in a healing environment.
  • Describe the role of noise in a healing environment.
  • Describe the roles of buildings and furnishings in a healing environment.
  • Define wayfinding and describe its importance in a healthy environment.
  • Describe specific considerations when designing a healing environment for children.
  • Describe the roles of communication and education in a healthy environment.
  • Explain the role of the healthcare provider in creating a healing environment.

Schweitzer, Gilpin, and Frampton (2004) assert that people have probably been seeking a “safe shelter in which to heal” since the beginning of time. “When little could be done to treat the physical causes of illness or injury,” they add, “a safe, supportive environment where natural or supernatural forces could aid the recuperative process to help the patient heal was vital” (p. S71). Today, we specifically design and build spaces that induce healing and restorative effects.

Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, said that nature alone cures and that all we need to do is put our clients in the best condition for nature to act on them (Petiprin, 2016; Stichler, 2001).

  • Nightingale was one of the first healthcare professionals to realize the impact of the environment on the client’s ability to heal. She developed the Environmental Theory (also known as Nightingale’s Canons) that changed nursing practice.
  • She was also among the first to explore and document the healthcare professional’s role in employing nature and the environment in such a way that clients could begin their healing journey.
  • Nightingale understood the connection between body and mind, and she understood the environment’s role in healing them.
  • She knew that clients would recover more quickly if they were cared for in environments with natural light, fresh air, pure water, proper temperatures, environmental variety, sufficient food, efficient drainage, cleanliness, and basic sanitation.
  • She even created drawings and notes that changed hospital design.

Healthcare providers have the power to create the kind of healing environment that allows clients to access their inner healer—that phenomenon of healing that transcends social, cultural, economic, time, and space barriers and promotes healing. Healthy environments (including intrapersonal, interpersonal, and external environments) and sacred spaces are powerful and vitally important ways to support the inner healer and to utilize the environment to maximize its healing effects.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

September 11, 2021

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.