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Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation Grant Sparks New Innovation Curriculum

Penn Nursing is developing a new design thinking-focused curriculum targeted toward nurses and nursing students, thanks to a grant from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation. This exciting curriculum that embraces innovation, which will be a jointly owned and branded curriculum resource, aims to be available to all schools and health care systems—wherever nurses study or practice.

Penn Nursing faculty Therese S. Richmond, CRNP, FAAN, the Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation; and Marion Leary, MSN, MPH, RN, Innovation Specialist in the Office of Nursing Research, are leading the charge to create the curriculum.

The goal of building the innovation curriculum is to help nursing students think differently about their role as innovators. Richmond notes:

“We want to see nurses become innovators in their own right, and we want them to believe that they can be innovators. Penn Nursing is a leader in many, many areas. Being able to develop this curriculum for ourselves and others will keep Penn Nursing at the forefront of this emerging field.”

The Hillman Foundation-Penn Nursing innovation curriculum, with an estimated launch in 2019, will provide a full range of learning materials. Materials will include videos of case studies that exemplify nursing innovations and define design-thinking, podcasts and readings related to design thinking, and activities that go along with each of the five phases of design thinking.