Innovation in Nursing Education

Students in LEC working on innovation

In August, incoming UWM College of Nursing students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Nursing (MN) and Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding (MSP) programs spent the afternoon at UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center (LEC) to working on developing and learning skills on innovation. UWM LEC coaches and College of Nursing faculty and staff led students through examples of design thinking for health, wellness, and nursing innovation projects.

UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing actively works to expose and support our students to the endless opportunities and possibilities of innovation, beginning at the start of their academic journey.  The College believes all students are innovators. However, our mission is to empower them, so they are prepared to take on any opportunity to be innovative.

Over 60 students worked in small groups to learn the various steps of bringing an idea to life.  The session focused on listening, learning and applying thought processes, understanding, developing and testing alternatives. These students will not only understand what evidence and improvement in research means, but also figure out how important it is to have innovation skills as part of their “toolkit” in order to tackle real-world healthcare, patient and systems problems. The skills learned by the students can be widely applied in health care to reframe the way professionals work through stubborn problems.

The College recognizes the importance of providing skills and experiences in innovation to nurses, health care professionals and peacebuilders to imagine new ways to tackle problems.