A Reflection On Innovation Within Nursing

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A Reflection: Innovation in Nursing Innovation can be defined as a process for inventing something new or improving on an idea that already exists. In the past weeks, the course on Innovation in Nursing has motivated nurses to be strong critical thinkers, evidence-based practitioners, and innovative leaders in their specialty of practice and education. The following paragraphs will briefly discuss and elaborate on the eight learning outcomes listed in the syllabus. Innovation is defined as generation of new ideas or application of new ideas to existing situations to improve productivity, quality of care, and outcomes. Some of the principles of innovation are creative problem-solving; open, assertive communication to empower staff; and shared-governance to increase team accountability, involvement, and productivity at workplace. On a personal front, I am a motivated learner; flexible to new ideas and change; maintain open, positive communication; and strive to be powerful change agents at my workplace to meet the growing demands of information age and technology. With the advent of new technology and the information age, it is evident change in health care is a normal expectancy within an organization’s structure, roles, responsibilities, communication, policies and procedures, and management styles. Lewin’s theory of change has been criticized for its top-down approach; simplistic, linear, rational, goal-driven and plan-oriented approach; lacking consideration to human feelings and experiences. In contrast the Quinn’s theory provides easy step-by-step guidance to the process of change; focusing on the transition period of preparation and acceptance of change; and on gaining strength from team support for... ... middle of paper ... ...es for the betterment of the organization and patient satisfaction. For this reason, I will embrace technological advancements; empower front line staff to embrace change and innovation; and motivate staff to be change agents on the floor with the aim to provide better quality of care for our patients. In conclusion, innovation and creativity are the fundamental strategies for the continued improvement in nursing practice, research, evidence-based practices, patient-centered care, and outcomes. Nurses as trained knowledge workers, are well-positioned to function as change agents; collaborate and coordinate care through innovations; lead and disseminate nursing research and quality initiatives to improve patient safety; and revolutionize the future of nursing in the ever evolving health care system.
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