We are going to be repainting and redecorating the L2/3 nurseries and the entrance halls to the nurseries (including L1), and I'm wondering how you guys have your areas decorated? Right now, our unit and halls are stark and dirty, dingy looking. There are no cute bunnies, no wallpaper, no paintings, nothing. I want to suggest some ideas, and have a couple, but thought ya'll might have some as well. What can we do to make our area more cheery and comfortable for the families and nurses? Any design ideas? Color suggestions? I would like to include some information as well, such as framed posters about post-natal care, breastfeeding, etc., as well as pamphlets (like a big rack to hang on the wall), maybe a bulletin board to show pics of the babies (with parental permission, of course...), or pictures of the graduates, or even pictures of the nurses doing nursing-related things. Any suggestions? I'd be really interested to hear how you have your nurseries decorated- we desperately need to do this. Thank you!!!
Sep 27, '02
by NICU_Nurse, ASN
Thanks for the suggestions! If you have any more, let me know! Our hospital is very 'poor', most of the families we serve are indigent, but our nurse manager has basically said to ler her know what we want and she'll get it (within reason) because our wing is just sad, sad, sad. These all have to be things that the nurses can do, because we are having to pitch in and do it as a group- no budget for help! :>( I have limited artistic ability!! I can be very creative, but can't paint worth a lick. Another idea I had was to incorporate some sort of remembrance for babies we've had on the unit and lost- maybe a tiny footprint painted on the wall (to show that the baby left an impression on us?) or a butterfly (symbolizing a new phase of life?)...is that corny, or what? We have a looooooooong entrance hall with lots of wall space, and our wing of the hospital is like a 'T'... the base of the 'T' (the bottom) is the entry hall, and the top part of the 'T' is another long hall, with doors one way leading to Level III and the other way leading to Labor and delivery. LotsLOTS of empty, white wallspace (well, sort of yellowed, fingerprint-covered, dirt-smudged wallspace at the moment...). We have a conference room that needs to be redone and would be perfect for parent-staff discussions, has a tv for video watching, etc.) and that's not even talking about the actual 2/3 nurseries, which are simply pathetic. I always feel bad for parents coming in- it doesn't inspire much confidence! We need a general theme- not dedicated to one particular character. I was thinking about soft yellow walls, with some sort of theme border along the chair-rail, and maybe stencilling some sort of whimsical children's rhymes on it? I don't know. Other people have suggested sort of a barnyard theme, some a garden theme...no concrete suggestions. Basically, whoever takes the initiative is in charge- and no one is interested in taking charge! I'm feeling overwhelmed, yet again. ;>P It's a huge project. Thank you all for your ideas!!
Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Sep 27, '02