In April of 2019, I had the privilege of attending the ANA Quality and Innovation Conference where Inspiren, the healthcare technology company I co-founded with fellow nurse, Michael Wang, received the inaugural Innovation Award, powered by BD. Since that time, I have received messages from nurses around the country asking me why I felt the need to innovate on this large of a scale and if I had any advice for nurses wishing to innovate as well.
While we greatly appreciate your support, we want you to know that we did at Inspiren isn’t any different than what nurses do each day. Nurses are inherently innovators by our very nature. More importantly, we currently have a unique opportunity to highlight this aspect of our profession to improve our healthcare system at every level. However, in order to truly seize this opportunity, we must embrace fully that which defines our profession.
The most defining and memorable moments of my life were spent recovering from a stroke in a hospital bed with a nurse by my side. Based on that experience, I decided I wanted to be present to others and help them during their most defining and memorable moments . . .