Research Article| Volume 70, ISSUE 6, P820-826, November 2022

Moving nursing innovation to prime time through the use of creative partnerships

Published:September 22, 2022DOI:


      • Frontline nurses face barriers to engaging in innovation despite being well-positioned to solve clinical problems across many settings in healthcare.
      • Nontraditional partnerships are a key driver to successful and timely innovation.
      • Using a closed loop process to iteratively develop and optimize ideas improves optimization and timely progress and increases likelihood of nurse engagement in sustainable innovations.


      Nurses are well-positioned to solve many problems in healthcare through engagement in innovation. Support from healthcare organizations to facilitate creative partnerships may accelerate nurses’ ability to innovate and improve job satisfaction. The value of creative partnerships is rooted in the diversity of experiences and skillsets of each project team member. While nurses may be content experts and key stakeholders, they often lack experience with project management, information technology, product development, and other important skills. We describe the use of co-creation approaches in creative partnerships with diverse stakeholders to enhance the ability of nurse-led project teams to build valuable and sustainable products or services.

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