Design Thinking For Nurse Led Innovations

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Program Available until July 8, 2022


Nurses are change agents. They innovate. They solve problems – and not every problem they face is clinical. Join Marion Leary RN MSN MPH FAHA (PENN Nursing Director of Innovation) who teaches a new course at Penn Nursing, drawn from the world of design and engineering, offering a practical method for rapid innovation.

Design Thinking introduces a methodology that begins by understanding the problem “through the eyes of people who are experiencing it,” says Leary. The five-step process starts with empathizing with those who face the problem you want to solve. When you can understand their problem you’re ready for step two: defining the problem. Think of this as a guiding principle to which you’ll return throughout the project. Next comes ideation–brainstorming–where team members share ideas for a solution. Then you build and test a prototype. “Those are the steps,” says Leary. “But they’re not linear. You’re always checking in with the stakeholders and community members affected by the problem.

“Innovation is not always creating new medical devices,” says Leary, “but reimagining existing systems and applying them to new areas.”

  Marion Leary is the Director of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing.  As the Director of Innovation at Penn Nursing she works to amplify and educate nurses as leaders in health and healthcare innovation. Ms. Leary is a member of the American Nurses Association’s Innovation Advisory Committee, a Founding member of the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders (SONSIEL), a member of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Innovation Subcommittee. This past August 2019 she was named as an Influencer of Healthcare winner in the category of Excellence in Innovation by the Philadelphia Inquirer.  In 2017, she was named Geek of the Year for her outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community in the areas of innovation, technology, and activism.


1.0  contact hour will be awarded to participants

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