From Entrepreneurs to Entreprenurses: A Summit to be Remembered

 East Village 17th Floor Event Hall at Northeastern University

East Village 17th Floor Event Hall at Northeastern University

Nurses of all kinds

While the first rays of sun cast down on city of Boston, many were already hard at work setting tables, carrying food-filled trays and proofing PowerPoints.  As light filled the East Village 17th Floor event space, registrants began to trickle in. Scrubs of purple and blue, suit jackets and dresses all walked through the door, emblematic of the day’s message:

Whether they were wearing suits or scrubs, they were all nurses just the same.

We put on this conference because we feel that nursing education is at a place where it needs to go to a new level. We’re not only going to have nurses leave with a stethoscope from nursing school but also with a briefcase. It’s important with the changing healthcare environment that nurses now understand business skills in addition to clinical skills…

Rebecca Love MSN, RN, ANP
Director of Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University School of Nursing

A Day of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

With four keynote speakers, 14 industry-leading panelists, three moderators and 230 nurses and healthcare professionals in attendancethe second annual Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit proved to be a landmark moment for this groundbreaking initiative.

The event is best defined by three themes. These themes are the building blocks of the Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative:

  1. Education
  2. Community
  3. Leadership
 Dr. Nancy Hanrahan, Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing and Senior Associate Dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, giving her welcoming remarks to the crowd.

Dr. Nancy Hanrahan, Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing and Senior Associate Dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, giving her welcoming remarks to the crowd.

Leadership

Innovation is all about leadership. You have to have leaders…that support innovation, that drive innovation.

Gaurdia Banister PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Executive Director of The Institute for Patient Care, Massachusetts General Hospital

At one time or another, everyone seeks a role model for motivation and support to keep fighting for success. Dean Nancy Hanrahan, herself a symbol of nurse-led innovation, typifies the ideals of the Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship program. For nurses in the crowd, seeing a Dean and Professor announce the lineup of thought leaders from Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, Singularity University, CVS Health, AngioDynamics, UPenn and more gives success a human quality.

Nurse innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership are no longer ideals, but realities affirmed by the speakers on stage. Hearing from those who’ve worn the same scrubs speak as thought leaders is powerful and the ability to ask them questions directly is incredibly helpful in creating clear, obtainable goals.

 Keynote Speakers Shawna Butler of Singularity University and John Mattison of Kaiser Permanente speaking to the audience.

Keynote Speakers Shawna Butler of Singularity University and John Mattison of Kaiser Permanente speaking to the audience.

When Angela Patterson, Vice President of CVS Health and Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at CVS MinuteClinic was asked about her journey and how she got to where she is now, she chuckled before answering the question.

There was a lot of information in that laugh alone. It is not a quick or easy road to success in innovation or entrepreneurship for anyone, nurses included. It is a long, arduous journey filled with countless obstacles…obstacles only to be laughed at when you look back on them as you speak on stage to a room filled with nurses. However, the ability to see someone as established as Angela Patterson speak to those obstacles and how she overcame them proves that it’s possible even when times are at their hardest.

If you’re a nurse and have an idea you feel will improve healthcare, don’t ever let it go. Keep your eyes on the prize and listen to Dr. Marybeth Pompei, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Scientist at Exergen Corporation, when she says, “You’ve got to fight for everything you want in this world, and boy do you have to fight.”

Coming from a nurse that started with popsicles and ended with the TemporalScanner Thermometer, I’d say that’s sound advice.

Education

What’s missing in this day and age is nurses do not have a business background enough to understand what is happening on the business side of healthcare, and without that knowledge nurses cannot move into upper level positions and leader[ship] positions.

Nancy Hanrahan PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean & Professor, Northeastern School of Nursing; Senior Associate Dean, Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University
 A member of the audience posing a question to members of the Industry Panel

A member of the audience posing a question to members of the Industry Panel

Thanks to the pocket-sized bottles of hand sanitizer courtesy of ConnectRN germs were kept at bay, while ideas, on the other hand, spread uncontrollably. From panelist presentations on patents and nurse innovation units in hospitals to Molly McCarthy of Microsoft’s re-imagining of the Patient Paradigm as preventive, connected and continuous, the topic of nurse-led innovation and entrepreneurship was explored in many ways.

The day’s ideas, presentations and Q&A sessions didn’t serve to redefine the nursing profession, but to simply unearth the potential that’s always existed for nurses to become innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders across multiple facets of healthcare.

To catch some of the content from keynotes and panelists, check out our facebook page to watch livestreamed video of the summit.

Community

The first thing you need to do is to find your people who are interested in new ideas to build a support group around new ideas so you can get the job done.

John Mattison, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente
 The Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit was a day of networking and collaboration.

The Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit was a day of networking and collaboration.

As big of an emphasis entrepreneurship and innovation has on the individual, the power of a supportive network can play a major role in one’s success. Throughout the course of the day, summit attendees were given ample time to connect with former colleagues and form newly minted friendships, The Design Breakout Session, interactive engagement session courtesy of Deloitte Consulting, lunch and reception provided fantastic networking opportunities for everyone in attendance.

Business cards were traded, ideas were swapped and opportunity abounded at the Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit. While the summit was largely a success, it is just one step along the way toward a nurse-led healthcare system.

With impactful leaders, effective education and a thriving community, the future looks bright for both the Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program and nursing as a whole.

Each event serves to strengthen this community of current and future nurse leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. Here are some of the upcoming events offered by the NIE Program of Northeastern University.

  • Documentation & Coding 101: Making Sense of the Dollars and Cents – A Seminar/Webinar for Providers – Thursday, 10/19/2017
  • Charlotte Nurse Innovation Night – A night of networking with leading startups sponsored by Northeastern University and Packard Place – Thursday, 10/26/2017
  • Guest Lecture Series: Imperial College of London – Northeastern University School of Nursing hosts Dr. Paolo Titicchi for a lecture on entrepreneurship – Saturday, 10/28/2017
  • TOM:Boston​ ​at​ ​The​ ​Ruderman​ ​Inclusion​ ​Summit – Northeastern University teams up with TOM and The Ruderman Foundation to host a 3-day Makeathon set to design solutions for those with physical disabilities – Sunday & Monday, 11/19 – 11/20
  • Nurse Leadership & Entrepreneurship Certificate – an immersive 4-day certificate program designed by Northeastern University in conjunction with a small group of nurse leaders –
    Tuesday through Friday, 12/5 – 12/8