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Understanding Work Environments for Alzheimer's Unit Nurses

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As Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients require a higher level of individual care than other nursing home residents, AD nurses often experience increased stress levels and burnout rates. Administrators may address nurse stress by providing nurses with psychological services and ongoing training opportunities to increase the quality of specialized care they provide to AD patients each day. Further, they can employ facility design considerations that support nurses’ needs, such as break rooms and decentralized nursing stations. The following brief outlines factors in the built in environment that lead to increased nurse satisfaction.

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