2015-12-03 If you want to find ways of creating more comfortable hospital wards, who better to ask than the people working on the ground? So we went to the Royal College of Nursing’s 2015 Congress to ask nurses what simple measures they would take to improve their ward environments. We had over 75 responses, from nurses keen to share their thoughts. Here’s what we found: - 81% of nurses strongly agreed, or agreed to some extent, that wards could make use of more natural daylight 80% think that lighting, temperature and noise can make it difficult for patients to rest during the day… …while 80% think that all these things can stand in the way of patients getting a good night’s sleep 85% think their facility is often either too hot, or too cold Less than half (43%) have “quiet times” – periods of “protected rest”, when noise and light is kept to a ...