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Practice Tip of the Week: Innovation in Nursing

Tuesday, August 30, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nadia Tamez-Robledo
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By Ellen Martin, PhD, RN, CPHQ

Director of Practice

Texas Nurses Association


Innovation is the process of developing a new process or product or making changes in something established. Since the days of Florence Nightingale, nurses have a rich history of innovation in healthcare. Over the past year we’ve heard about a number of innovations from TNA members. The nation’s first medical Makerspace opened at UTMB last year. In case you missed the article in the winter issue of Texas Nursing you can read it online here. (Log in required.) This groundbreaking news was also featured in articles in Modern Healthcare and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).  At the ANA Quality and Patient Safety Conference in March, District 1 member Cindy Stout, DNP, RN, NEA-BC presented an innovative hospital and university collaboration for a BSN nurse residency program. The contributions of TNA members are too numerous to list them all. Nurses truly make a difference every day in many ways. 


Innovation in healthcare is challenging for a number of reasons – regulations and reimbursement models. In today’s complex world improving patient safety, health outcomes, and work environments are vital to a sustainable healthcare system. Although published 10 years ago, Harvard Business Review published a framework to understand the many forces that hinder innovation. Even in our rapidly changing healthcare environment, many of the factors are still true to this day. To access “Why Innovation in Health Care is so Hard," click here (free registration required).


Do you want to introduce innovation to your practice environment but aren’t sure how to begin? The Innovation Road Map: A Guide for Nurse Leaders is a brand new resource! TNA member Bonnie Clipper, DNP, RN, FACHE, is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow. Over the past year, Bonnie and her team dug into what nurse leaders know about innovation, how it works and how it can be used to meet the needs of the quadruple aim. Their project focused on how to can help health care leaders implement sustainable approaches to building a culture of innovation within their own organizations. This valuable resource includes the key characteristics and components of innovation and important concepts such as employee feedback and engagement. The section on “Team Collaboration: Innovation in Action” incorporates specific action ideas to promote innovative leadership. This valuable resource is also available in Spanish



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