The Power of Nurse Creativity: Learning the Hands-on Innovation Skills that Can Transform Rural Health



The Power of Nurse Creativity: Learning the Hands-on Innovation Skills that Can Transform Rural Health

Tuesday, Sept 13

2:00 -3:00 pm CST


From acute wound care dressings to delivering babies and geriatric medication management– nurses are trusted leaders in the design and delivery of a wide range of care in rural communities. They are closest to the community and closest to the challenges that arise, often using their creativity to adapt materials from the medical supply closet.


Nurses transform towels, tape, and tubing into entirely new medical devices, such as Nicole Wooden”s radial arm board for the UTMB Catheterization Lab and Cynthia Easterling”s loop lock device to stabilize patient IV lines. In fact, they rarely recognize this level of problem-solving as innovation and what we call health making. MakerHealth is fostering this local innovation and enhancing nurses’ innate ability to design and fabricate. MakerHealth brings smarter tools and training frameworks that allow nurses to start building a new solution to patient care within 15 minutes.


Join MakerHealth for a webinar discussing strategies that facilitate everyday innovation in rural healthcare. You’ll be invited to apply for the MakerHealth Academy Fall 2022 Cohort of nurses from across the country who turn their curiosity about health technology into a greater ability to use health-making skills to solve some of healthcare’s biggest challenges.



Learning Objectives


·     Understand the history of health making and the applications in rural health by hearing case examples of global health makers

·     Assess your current health-making literacy and receive feedback on how you can start enhancing your just-in-time fabrication skills

·     Learn about the MakerHealth nurse-inspired innovation tools created to amplify your nursing practice in rural health

·     Explore opportunities to co-design health technology with patients and community members


Fall 2022 Cohort Application for MakerHealth Academy: The license and tools for healthcare professionals to create the next generation of health technology.


The application period for the Fall 2022 Cohort of the MakerHealth Academy Certificate Program is now open. A brochure for the program is linked here. The program begins on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. The 8-week launch of the cohort consists of alternating weeks of group learning sessions and one-on-one calls with a project mentor to begin by stating a patient care challenge and begin developing a health-making solution. Attendance of group learning sessions is highly encouraged to receive course certification and recordings will be available. After the first 8 weeks of the program, a MakerHealth Academy member will have 4 to 10 months of continued support to complete a prototype and access guidance to scale their project. Application deadline: September 15, 2022. Application for sponsorships are due September 15, 2022