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Penn Nursing Hosts Nursing Innovation Twitter Chat

On January 17th, the birthday of Philadelphia’s best known and oldest innovator, Ben Franklin, Penn Nursing hosted its first ever Twitter Chat around the theme of nursing innovation.

Moderated by the School’s resident Director of Innovation (a title she’ll assume on February 1st), Marion Leary, RN, MSN, MPH, FAHA, she was joined by leaders in nursing innovation and health care including Penn Nursing’s own Dean, Antonia Villarruel, and many Penn Nursing alumni.

The chat began with Marion’s question: “What does nursing innovation mean to you and what does it mean at Penn Nursing?” to which Dean Villarruel replied, “We believe innovation is central to nursing education, research, and practice; inherently interdisciplinary, involves rigor, and methodical approaches and is infused with creativity and risk taking. Innovation is the application of something new or different that delivers value. Nurses are inherent problem solvers, masters of “work arounds”, understand technology and context. We approach problems with science, ingenuity, and compassion.”

Participation remained steady throughout the hour-long chat, especially around the themes of nurses as leaders; nursing as the most trusted profession and what that allows nurses to do in the innovation space; and how to help nurses recognize their own potential as leaders in innovation. As Penn Nursing continues its Innovating for Life and Living Campaign, launched in April 2018, this Twitter chat brought leading voices in nursing innovation together and will help to push the conversation forward both within and outside of the Penn Nursing community.

For a complete transcript of the Twitter chat, please click here.

To join the conversation, follow @PennNursing and use the hashtag #PennNursingInnovation.

Special thank you to our nursing innovation experts for joining us!

Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel: @PennNursingDean

Shawna Butler: @CleverThought

Nancy Valentine: @DrNancyRN

Winifred Quinn:  @WinQuinnPhD

Sarah Gray: @Sarah_H_Gray

Antonette Montalvo: @AAMontalvo1