'MacGyver' Nurses Build Their Own Solutions
"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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