Nursing | Nurse-led Innovations

Nursing InnovationBecause nurses are on the front lines leading care delivery, they have a deep understanding of patient and family priorities and care delivery processes. They are often the first to identify opportunities to improve the coordination of services and to identify product and process innovations to improve family’s experience and outcomes of care.

By constantly asking questions, trying out new ideas and testing new systems, Boston Children’s nurses embrace innovation every day to make great strides in improving health and health care.

Here are just a few innovative efforts from Boston Children’s nurses:


Warming Head Wrap for Babies

An operating room nurse figured out that the Mylar wraps that marathon runners use to warm up after races could be incorporated into a hat to warm up babies after surgery. Her creation—a lightweight fabric and Mylar wrap—warms babies so they can be more readily removed from a bypass machine.

Hacking Pediatrics Prize: The Birth of WhatVax

Two nurses had the idea that a simple app could make the cumbersome process of ordering vaccines easier. They created WhatVax?, a decision-making tool for vaccine compliance, and received the Springboard Prize from Boston Children’s Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator at Hacking Pediatrics. Read more about the birth of WhatVax.

RN SafeRemote Safety Checks

Before nurses can administer certain medicines, they are required to have a second nurse conduct an additional check of both the patient and medication. This inspired a group of nurses to come up with RNSafe, a telehealth-based method for conducting this safety measure. Using a fast-tracked Innovation Technology Grant from Boston Children’s, four nurses are developing a camera-equipped, tablet-like device for nurses to use at the bedside that allows another nurse to remotely conduct the second check.

Standardizing Interprofessional Patient Education Documentation

Providing patient education in a pediatric setting can be complex. The number of clinicians that interact with a patient and his family is enormous, and education can be provided along any aspect of the continuum of care. So a group that included informatics nurse specialists convened to identify an innovative new way to document certain kinds of patient education.

Clinical Informatics & Quality Improvement

Dozens of nurses throughout the hospital lead quality improvement informatics-related efforts. Nurses regularly display their work at the Trends in Clinical Informatics Symposium: A Nursing Perspective conference. Their subjects include topics such as: the relationship between informatics standards and care documentation; quality reporting; meaningful use compliance; and evidence-based nursing practice.