Innovating for Nurses: The Time is Now. What Industry Needs to Know
Oriana Beaudet, VP of Innovation at the American Nurses Association, discusses the role of nurses in healthcare innovation which includes working on solutions for industry problems like staff shortages and issues causing burnout. She tells a story of a nurse in North Carolina who found innovative ways to deliver healthcare in a rural area by partnering with local farmers and fishermen. This nurse created community pop-ups and health employment opportunities which improved not only people's health but also their living conditions. Oriana pointed out that in the innovation space, there are nurses who are developing new solutions for healthcare. For example, a nurse created a video game helping pediatric patients feel more comfortable with the surgical process. She emphasizes that with over 5 million nurses in the U.S., the potential for innovation is massive and can help tackle major problems in the industry.