Nurse leaders are always under the gun to bring higher quality care to their work. But the danger can be that they get stuck in a rut, doing the same type of things repeatedly because it’s easier than thinking through new, more innovative solutions. Dr. Bonnie Clipper and her team at the Executive Nurse Fellows completed a project that examined the role of innovation in nursing care and on this episode I’m chatting with her about their findings. I think you’ll find it challenging and inspiring. I know my gears are turning with ideas. Be sure to listen.
It may seem like the words “innovation” and “nursing” don’t - and even shouldn’t - go together. Nursing is a high-pressure career field where mistakes can cost lives. How can there be room or safety to try things a bit outside of the box? Dr. Bonnie Clipper and I chat about the need for innovation in nursing care and how nurse leaders can, well, lead the way in bringing about changes that could improve the quality of care and make the nursing role more fulfilling and effective. The topics we cover are from a report Dr. Clipper and some associates complied called, “The Innovation Roadmap: A Guide For Nurse Leaders.” You’ll get some great ideas from our chat, so be sure to listen.
The idea of innovation can seem scary to those in the healthcare industry. That’s because the safety of our patients is our primary concern. Failure is often not an option. But it’s when that mindset carries over into the non-essentials that we get stuck doing the same old things because we’ve always done them. Dr. Bonnie Clipper shares how the mantra of innovation encourages failure. In fact, “fail fast and fail often” is a guiding principle that sparks discoveries and creativity. You can hear how she recommends nurse leaders pursue innovation in the nursing care they provide, on this episode.
Many hospitals and healthcare organizations are establishing innovation teams to get outside the box of the normal and expand the ways they provide care to patients and their families. When I asked Dr. Bonnie Clipper what that looks like on a team level she said that the broader the team’s experience, expertise, and backgrounds, the more creative and innovative the team can be. She gives a handful of great examples of the kinds of things these teams come up with, on this episode.
When I asked Dr. Bonnie Clipper her advice to someone coming into the nursing field today she encouraged all new nurses to look at their role realistically. By that, she means that you shouldn’t underestimate your role and your contributions. You are an important part of the healthcare industry and you can contribute significant things. Every nurse leader was once in your shoes, so set your sights higher and think toward the future. What might you be able to bring to the industry that will change things for the better?