'I'm MacGyver,' Says Nurse Honored at White House

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, June 24, 2014

For nurses who are doing quiet—and not-so-quiet—making, MakerNurse has provided a forum for them to share and celebrate their achievements. Since its launch last fall, MakerNurse has featured nurse-made fabrications such as a pediatric nebulizer that doubled as a pacifier; a reusable, soft-padded tracheostomy collar; and an IV shield.

Now, MakerNurse says it has launched an online community dedicated to empowering and encouraging nurses who engage in this kind of innovative making.

And later this summer, MakerNurse will release a series of tools and resources to empower nurses to make and innovate at the bedside, improving patient care and health. According to MakerNurse, the new tools will include step-by-step instructions on how to make a variety of health-related tools.

Hospitals can encourage nurse making and innovation by taking a page out of Driscoll Children's Hospital's book.

"The thing I love about it there is they give me the chance to grow, to be creative, to do things I need to do to help the patient, to see help them survive, to help them get home," Reyna says. It involves daring, risk taking, empowering nurses at the bedside, collaboration, and allowing ideas to flow from nurses, not from administration, she says.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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