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Nurse Inventor Advocates for Leadership and Innovation to Improve Patient Outcomes
Nurse Inventor Advocates for Leadership and Innovation to Improve Patient Outcomes

As the first nurse to be selected as an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, Rachel Walker, PhD, RN, is intimately familiar with nurse-driven innovation. We recently spoke with Dr. Walker to learn more about her nursing journey and her thoughts on nurses as leaders, mentors, and inventors. 

Nurse Inventor Advocates for Leadership and Innovation to Improve Patient Outcomes

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Spotlight
July 9, 2018

From now until September 1, visit www.nursesinnovate.com and let us know how nurses are changing the world and helping to make a difference in the lives of patients, whether it’s your own personal story or the story of an inspiring nurse in your life.

As an assistant professor at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) and recipient of a 2017-18 Fulbright Global Scholar Award, Lori A. Spies, PhD, RN, exemplifies how a career in nursing can create additional opportunities to change the world on a global scale. Dr. Spies is currently collaborating with healthcare providers in India, Vietnam, and Zambia to research the best education practices in combating noncommunicable diseases, and she recently shared with us the triumphs and challenges of global nursing.

Podcasts
July 6, 2018

Our most recent podcast episode features Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor and associate dean for community programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and a recent recipient of Modern Healthcare’s Diversity in Nursing Award. Dr. Sharps shares more about her commitment to driving positive change for vulnerable patient populations through service, leadership, and mentorship.

Spotlight
June 26, 2018

Last month, Northeastern University’s Nursing Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NIE) department hosted its second annual Nurse Hackathon, a weekend-long event aimed at inspiring participants to think collaboratively and create innovative solutions to real-world health issues. The goal of this year’s Nurse Hackathon was to address and brainstorm potential solutions to the opioid crisis that continues to plague the country.

Healthcare delivery – particularly in operating rooms across the country – changes rapidly each year, requiring nurses to innovate solutions for patients that are both effective and practical for the operating room (OR) team to implement. To help provide OR nurses with the skills needed to achieve this, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses created the Nurse Executive Leadership Seminar (NELS) series.  

Addressing cultural issues within vulnerable communities can come in many forms, and a career in nursing can take unexpected turns as opportunities arise to help communities in need. Phyllis W. Sharps, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, a recent recipient of Modern Healthcare’s Diversity in Nursing Award, shows us how a career in nursing can evolve away from the bedside. As a mentor, professor, published researcher, and dedicated military nurse with honorable discharge, Dr. Sharps has devoted her many roles to helping vulnerable communities through service and leadership.

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