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April 20, 2009

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Your blog was very interesting. Now that I think about it more, I agree with one of your respondents. The training for of a designer needs to be more general. There are a wide range of skills needed to be a competent designer. To specialize in anything at the 4 years school level, directs the student too soon in their development as designers to one area. It has taken me 15 years to develop my expertise as a healthcare designer (and I had 10 years under my belt before going in that direction). It is far more complex and critical that all the right decisions are made and the right detailing is achieved.

There is no other project type that I have done that is as demanding as healthcare design both in terms of the functioning environment that is built and the less tangible feeling that the users have when in these environments.

Henry as a doctor and an artist you can imagine how awful it was to hear a physician that had to review our work state that "Your work does not matter in the least, just make it all beige."

Former nurses make excellent HC designers due to their obvious insight and empathy. They do however go through a four year program to learn design first. It may be dangerous to send out recent graduates calling themselves healthcare designers with zero experience of these environments.
Amy

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