In 2013, the School of Nursing launched Healthcare Innovations, a unique pilot program to educate a new generation of nurses to apply creativity and entrepreneurial thinking to healthcare challenges. Through the senior-level Nursing Leadership course, students are collaborating in small groups in which they identify a health care problem or deficiency, research a solution or improvement, identify customers, and potential obstacles. The project culminates with students presenting proposals in a 'Shark Tank' forum, judged on the basis of creativity, marketability and enhanced patient outcomes. During the past two years, 200 students created 30 innovative processes and products. Click here to view the AMAZING results!
The demands of health care are calling for a new generation of thinkers who want to be agents of care innovation – a skill set typically gained after experience in the field or through post graduate and advanced education. We have an opportunity to change that by interweaving the concept of entrepreneurial thought and initiative throughout the 4-year nursing curriculum. UConn nurses will not only be trained as leaders in the delivery of healthcare, but empowered to be leaders for change by being prepared to contribute as innovators in their work environments when they begin their careers.
A superb faculty, accomplished alumni, interdisciplinary reach, and new facilities provide a solid foundation, but for the program to fully develop, your philanthropic support is essential. The School of Nursing is seeking $300,000 over the next two years for curriculum development of a 4-year program in healthcare innovations and invite you to partner with us in meeting this challenge. As the first program of its kind in the country, Healthcare Innovations will demonstrate that nurses with the right preparation have tremendous potential for improving healthcare through innovative solutions leading to new and improved processes and products.
Please donate now to the Healthcare Innovations Fund and watch ideas to improve healthcare continue to emerge from our innovative students!