“Inventions start at the bedside,” says Roxana Reyna, BSN, RNC-NIC, WCC, a skin and wound care specialist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the latest episode of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Pioneering Ideas podcast. “The need is always at the bedside first.”
Along with four other hospitals, Driscoll Children’s Hospital is working with the Little Devices Lab at MIT on a project funded by RWJF called MakerNurse, to understand and nurture the ingenuity of American nurses.
Nurses like Reyna, a skin and wound prevention specialist, improvise with the materials at hand to design creative solutions to improve patient care, like helping blind patients by taping a cotton ball over the nurse call button so the patient can feel it. As noted in the February issue of Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge, Little Devices Lab is working to identify tools and prototyping strategies that could help more nurses bring their ideas for improving health care to fruition.
Listen to the new podcast to get inspired by specific examples of how Reyna—and fellow “maker nurses” Kelly Reilly, MSN, RN-BC, CHSE, director of nursing simulation at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, and Mary Beth Dwyer, MS, RN, FNP-BC, PCCN, advanced practice nurse, cardiovascular services unit—are hacking their hospitals’ supply closets.
Then visit the MakerNurse website to share your story.