German hospitals have had a shortage of nursing personnel for years This means that on an average one nurse is responsible for 13 patients. The reasons for the lack of skilled workers are the increasing numbers of patients, the often low salary, as well as the working conditions in the nursing profession. Because there is too few nursing staff available, the workload increases drastically. This, in turn, leads to a decline in the quality of care and more and more nurses are burnt out,
become ill more frequently or in many cases change professions.
We have set ourselves the task of improving the situation in hospitals through interaction design and help to resolve the nursing crisis. With our application Clara, we want to make everyday life for nursing staff more structured, easier to plan and therefore less stressful. We also want to make it easier for new nurses to start their careers.
To achieve this goal, we have developed Clara, a task management tool for nursing staff. Through a timeline, the nurse can find out which tasks still need to be performed throughout her shift. She can see what to do next from the task list on the right. The priority of the individual tasks is conveniently indicated by the color. All other information is sorted according to its importance, from top left to bottom right. By tapping on the task, more information is displayed. Other interactions, such as starting the task, are placed to the right of the task card. To show that there is a possibility of interaction these elements are colored in our interaction and highlight color.
To give the caretakers further possibilities for sorting and structuring their tasks, there is the function to sort the list of tasks according to various parameters. In addition, staff members can merge several tasks into one stack. This function allows them, for example, to merge tasks that all take place at the same time or the same location. The material lists of the combined tasks are automatically merged into one. This facilitates the preparation of the material and reduces walking distances.
Creating tasks and stacks works with the Floating Action button located in the middle of the bottom navigation bar. We have made sure that creating tasks requires as few steps as possible. We achieved this through smart design and autofill functions.
We placed great emphasis on the tasks being in the foreground. There is as little as possible that distract from the most important functions. In order to give the application a "nicer" look and feel, we made sure that all elements and icons have rounded corners. Furthermore, it was important to us that all colors have a similar volume and yet clearly differ from each other.