National Nurses Week Webinar

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Innovation in Nursing Practice: Are You Leading the Charge?

Date: Thursday, May 9 - 1-2 pm ET


Innovation in nursing practice harnesses processes, technologies and best practices to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. In addition, innovation in nursing practice can increase effectiveness, reduce stress, and provide more satisfaction for a nurse in her/his career.

Today, innovation is often driven by applying technology and processes creatively to practice. Nurses have to channel continuously the information, initiative, and imagination necessary to support and sustain innovation. 

Course Content:

  1. Learn how to incorporate innovation into your nursing practice.
  2. Learn how to facilitate and lead the innovation process in your organization.
  3. Discuss specific innovations that are currently improving patient outcomes.
  4. Preview the latest innovative process & technology for use in the nursing profession.

Learning Objective:

Translate innovation and creativity into your work environment.

Confirmed Speakers:

Barbara Blakeney, MS, RN
Innovations Specialist, Center for Innovations in Care Delivery, Massachusetts General Hospital;
Past President, American Nurses Association

Barbara A. Blakeney is the Innovations Specialist at the Center for Innovation in Care Delivery in the Institute for Patient Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (MGH). The Center is charged with supporting innovation in all three components of the innovative process: innovation, creativity, and the environment. It has expanded from focusing primarily on the micro level of innovation by supporting staff innovators and by sponsoring programs, such as an RN residency program to engage in nation-wide cutting-edge innovation. Blakeney also serves as one of 73 health care experts that has been tapped by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help transform health care. Prior to joining the staff at MGH, Barbara served for four years as the President of the American Nurses Association. Barbara has also served as a Nurse Practitioner and Director of Health Services for the Homeless for the City of Boston.

Patricia F. Brennan, RN, PhD
National Theme Director, Project HealthDesign

As the national program director for Project HealthDesign, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Patricia F. Brennan focuses on stimulating the next generation of personal health records (PHRs). Recently, her work with Project HealthDesign inspired her to cast the vision for and serve as theme leader at the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Additionally, she leads the WI-TECNE project, a statewide nursing faculty development effort supported by HRSA that will improve the integration of informatics and telehealth into nursing curricula. Brennan is also the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, Brennan held several academic positions. She developed ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home health care patients and also directed HeartCare, an online tailored information and communication service that helped cardiac patients recover faster at home.

1.0 contact hour will be awarded to nurses who register and successfully complete this activity. Where multiple nurses view the webinar at a single site, all are eligible to receive hours for this activity, upon completion of the online evaluation and verification of their attendance at the webinar.

The American Nurses Association Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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