For the first time, the White House has honored innovative nurses who invent, hack, or "make," devices and workarounds that fix healthcare problems and improve patient care.
Roxana Reyna, BSN, RNC-NIC
Roxana Reyna, BSN, RNC-NIC, WCC, was at the Lincoln Memorial on her cell phone when she took a break from her sightseeing to talk with me about the "making" she does as a Skin and Wound Care Prevention Specialist at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. She was in Washington, DC, as a special invited guest of the White House, and the excitement in her voice was obvious.
"I was invited as an honored maker to the first-ever Maker Faire that was held at the White House," she told me. "When the Washington people heard about MakerNurse, they were excited that such making was going on at the bedside."
MakerNurse, as you might remember, is an initiative of the Little Devices Lab at MIT that's supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It has collected stories from nurses who invent, hack, or "make," innovative, new devices and workarounds that fix healthcare problems and improve patient care.
Reyna's work involves wound care and prevention for babies and kids.
"I tell the mom, 'You know MacGyver? I'm MacGyver,'" she says.
Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders.