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'MacGyver' Nurses Build Their Own Solutions

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, October 8, 2013

"The concept of making and fabricating is different," Gomez-Marquez says, adding that the MakerNurse program has nothing to do with intellectual property protection.

"I think that's one of the main things that we're going to be imparting," he says. "It's about changing that dynamic between what is considered innovation in the clinic."

Gomez-Marquez says the program will ask nurses, "What are you hacking in the clinic, and how can we help you do more of that?" For six months, MakerNurse will collect and share examples of "medical making" from the nurses who are doing it every day.

But "first we have to find it," Gomez-Marquez says. Then, the program will visit hospitals, talking with nurses, and having coffee and pizza sessions to "understand where they are and what makes them tick."

The program will also let these nurses know that what they're doing "isn't just an outlier activity." Part of that, Gomez-Marquez says, is trying to encourage nurses and nurse leaders to eliminate certain jargon that's used to describe such making.

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2 comments on "'MacGyver' Nurses Build Their Own Solutions"


Sarah Mott (10/27/2013 at 9:47 PM)
Who knows the needs for patient care better than a nurse? As a nurse, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most inventive, innovative people in healthcare -

Aquifer (10/9/2013 at 12:15 PM)
I love it! When i worked in a hospital, I came up with some ideas,one of which was how to retrofit hospital beds to lower them so patients could get in and out of them easier. But I was told "fuhgeddaboutit" because of potential liability issues. I have proposed partnerships between hospitals and universities such that all those wonderful inventors could be teamed with, say, engineering students "help a hospital for credit" so that these devices might be accepted and even fabricated locally. I got nowhere, but I think it is a great idea and perhaps you could think about this to take advantage of all the terrific ideas medical people come up with everyday ...