Nursing

Nurses are an invaluable resource for developing medical equipment

Nurse Leader Insider, December 21, 2016

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The University of Minnesota has developed a workshop to encourage nurses to think like inventors and entrepreneurs.

The workshop aims to ensure that nurses play an active role in healthcare innovation. Because of their proximity to patients and daily use of equipment, nurses are in the perfect position to think about and provide feedback for medical devices, according to Thomas Clancy, a clinical professor from the School of Nursing. Clancy argues that nurses have a wealth of untapped knowledge that could lead to innovations in medical care.
 
The workshop teaches nurses how to advance their ideas through business and legal channels, while providing them with tools for product design, creating prototypes, and licensing. The workshop also facilitates connections between nurse inventors and the University’s technology and medical devices center. In its second year, the workshop has already produced proposals for healthcare inventions, including tools that assess skin breakdown and a flashlight that can easily find veins.

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