Combatting the Nursing Shortage With Optimal Healthcare Facilities

During the COVID-19 pandemic we saw our healthcare workers stressed, tired, and overworked. This pressure led to high burn out for nurses. When combined with the lower than normal nursing school enrollment and aging baby boomers requiring more care, there is a continued gap for nurses. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through 2030 that annual gap will be over 195,000 registered nurses.

With all that said, health systems are enhancing their retention efforts and looking for creative ways to attract nurses. In addition to compensation, an optimized facility could play an important role in retention. When looking for a medical office space, this should be kept top of mind. O’Donnell Commercial represents a number of Chicagoland medical office properties that offer optimal amenities for nurses:

  1. Conveniently located medical office buildings with staff parking. Many nurses work long hours. A medical office building that is not only easy to get to (via highway, etc…), but also has designated medical professional parking is a bonus for nurses. Additionally, the ability to run errands quickly during lunch breaks is important. Therefore, a medical office located near shopping centers like our listing at Town Square Wheaton would be a great location for a medical practice. With up to 25,000 square feet available, in a growing trade area, and just a few miles from I-355, medical office space at Town Square Wheaton checks all the boxes for nurse retention.
  2. Comfortable break rooms and efficient nurses stations. There is nothing worse than trying to complete patient charts in an overcrowded nurses station or trying to find a quiet place to take a call or eat lunch. Our South Elgin listing at the Medical and Legal Arts Building just off Randall Road has the ideal nurse amenities including an oversized nurses station with abundant countertop space and a large break room with kitchenette and locker room.

The nurse gap will trickle down from hospitals all the way to local family practices as offices compete for talent. By offering nurses optimal medical office spaces with great amenities, you’ll be able to attract and retain top talent.

Put our vast experience and knowledge of medical commercial real estate to work for YOU for FREE! Call us today at 630.444.0444 to start your search for a medical office space that will attract top nurse talent!