Disruptive Nurses Lead to Better Outcomes

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, October 15, 2013

With healthcare reform well under way, now is a good time to come up with alternatives to traditional individual care, one innovative nurse midwife believes.

Lately I've been writing a lot about nurses who think and act creatively to improve patient care and health outcomes. Some of these "positively deviant" nurses break hospital rules when they think it's in a patient's best interest to do so.

Others create innovative programs that help care for caregivers. Still others are actually inventing or improving devices right in the trenches of their work, using only their wits and materials at hand, much like TV action hero MacGyver.

That's why I was intrigued when I came across the Centering Healthcare Institute's upcoming conference, which has as its tagline, "transforming care through disruptive design." The Centering Healthcare Institute's CEO and president, Sharon Schindler Rising, CNM, MSN, is not just thinking outside the box. She's ripping the box to shreds. And that's what disruptive design is all about.

Rising developed the Centering model of healthcare, which provides group healthcare, and first piloted the CenteringPregnancy model in 1993 when she was a nurse midwife.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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