QSEN Innovation and Entrepreneurship Taskforce

QSEN Innovation and Entrepreneurship Taskforce: Nurses Innovate for Quality and Safety

By Shanina Knighton PhD RN

QSEN Innovation & Entrepreneurship Objectives

Quality and safety is a trending topic in today’s healthcare, however strategies for how to quickly diffuse best practices needs improvement. One such approach of which healthcare improvements are made is the “Speed to Market” approach taken by the business industry to sell products that will improve our healthcare system. In this session, QSEN Innovation and Entrepreneurship Taskforce discussed the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship. This session explained the importance of nurses in the process of innovation and through a hands on approach briefly discussed skills that would be essential to bringing a product to market. Audience members teamed up and had the opportunity to function as a start-up company and pitch a product created by them during the session using the tools provided to them.

The objectives of this session were to:

  • Define the problem that this session is intended to address
  • Provide the audience with a brief background of “Identify, Invent, Implement” model and how it links to quality improvement
  • Present the methods and instruments used for bringing a product to market
  • Provide audience the opportunity to put method and instruments to test in hands-on experience
  • Discuss the next steps for moving it towards implementation into hospital settings
  • Briefly discuss the methodology and considerations needed for trying different approaches and how to become a “valued and valuable” stakeholder in product and process development
  • Discuss the importance of nurses to quality and safety during product development.


Speed Hack & Pitch Session

On June 1, 2017, the Speed Hack for Quality and Safety, brought out the creativity and entrepreneurial ability of nurses. In a 90-minute hands-on session, attendees were challenged to create a QSEN product that could increase the use of QSEN Competencies in practice settings. One of the criteria for the product was that it could be sold and disseminated across healthcare settings. The winning team was selected at the end of the 90-minute session through peer voting to pitch their product to the audience in the Final Plenary of the QSEN conference. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Taskforce is delighted to announce the team (as shown to the right) “Quality First” as a first annual Speed Hack and Pitch for Safety and Quality Winners. The winning team received a $750 cash prize. Our support for increasing nurse innovation and entrepreneurship education and events that spark an entrepreneurial spirit would not be possible without the financial support of Joyce Erony and Alpha Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. Remaining funds will be used for educational programs and speakers free to QSENistas!

Nurses Value to Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Monetary prizes are common among hackathons and pitch competitions and helps to build an entrepreneurial culture similar to that of the business industry. Nurses input is invaluable to our healthcare system and highly valuable to the business industry, however nurses are rarely measured as a part of the highly interdisciplinary team that utilizes a systematic approach to innovate and take services and products to market. The pace of translational research, evidence based practice, and quality improvement efforts lead to the creation of new products and services, however to minimize medical errors front-line nurses at all phases of product and process development have value in explaining the importance of and unimportance of services and product features.

Stay tuned for our videos, stories and education provided by nursing innovators coming soon to our site!