Preparing Future Nurses through Innovative Design

"Preparing Future Nurses Through Innovative Design" Kevin Denman, Jessica Schmidt, Beth Schutlz


After the COVID-19 pandemic thrust the nursing profession into the spotlight, facilities and schools have experienced increasing difficulty in attracting and retaining talent. Our guests—Dr. Beth Schultz of Manchester University and BHDP Architects Kevin Denman and Jessica Sears—share their perspectives following an enlightening roundtable discussion with nursing educators at independent colleges across the US. Learn why designing functional simulation spaces plays a pivotal role in future nurses’ success—and can impact their longevity in the profession.

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Podcast Contributors

Kevin Denman

Kevin Denman, Lead Architect, Associate

Within his 28 years of experience, Kevin has served as the Project Architect and Project Manager for a diverse range of higher education projects, including libraries, classroom buildings, laboratories, and student centers. He has a depth of experience administering the construction contracts and representing his clients, including recent major renovation experience for clients such as Miami University and the University of Toledo. Throughout his work, Kevin has demonstrated his ability to bring together the goals of the client team into a collaborative solution that works for the students, administration, and staff.

Jessica Schmidt

Jessica Schmidt, Senior Architect

Jessica is driven by creating and designing spaces that meet the unique needs of each presented program, whether large, medium, or small in scale. No matter the type of project, she strives to design spaces that promote the health and wellness of its occupants through stimulating and thoughtful planning. With eight years of experience, Jessica has been involved in design, planning, and documentation for higher education, hospitality, retail, and healthcare environments and understands each stage of project execution from pre-design user group interfacing to schematic design to design development to construction administration.

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