Innovation conference helps nurses bring ideas to reality

March 14, 2019

Planting seeds of innovation conference attendees

Nurse leaders from across the state gathered at McNamara Alumni Center on Feb. 27 to gain tools and resources they could use to turn ideas into reality at the fourth annual Planting Seeds of Innovation Conference.

Presented by Nursing Collaboratory, a partnership between the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Fairview and M Health, the conference provided a blueprint of how nurses can think creatively, identify a target market, develop a value proposition, and test and evaluate an idea.

Dan Weberg, PhD, RN, senior director of innovation and leadership, Kaiser Permanente National Patient Care Services, kicked off the event with a keynote focusing on evidence-based innovation leadership. Watch Dan's keynote on YouTube.

“We are barriers to our own profession and that leads me to believe that we need to develop leaders different and prepare our frontline managers differently to be prepared for change,” said Weberg.

Weberg described how innovation efforts can be derailed, and shared leadership skills for revolutionary teams and high performing systems.

Following the morning keynote, participants attended breakout sessions before a presentation on innovation and human-centered design by Susan Jepson, MPH, vice president, Upstream Health Innovations, Hennepin Healthcare System. Watch Susan's presentation on YouTube.

In the day’s final presentation, UnitedHealthcare’s Cyrus Batheja discussed how big data analysis led to new strategies for integrating social determinants and health care. Watch Cyrus' presentation on YouTube.

The fifth annual Planting Seeds of Innovation Conference will be held Feb. 27, 2020.





Media Contacts

Steve Rudolph
School of Nursing