Team News from Nursing

U-M School of Nursing’s innovation challenges support interdisciplinary and academic progress in health practice and education.

Fall 2021’s inaugural Innovate 4 Change hackathon hosted by U-M nursing students concluded with five interdisciplinary student teams being awarded a total of $7,250 from donors to move their innovation projects forward. The project teams that were chosen by a panel of judges were:

  • Vaccine Passport – Johnson & Johnson Physical and Psychological Safety of Nurses Award
  • The OctiPulse Regulator – Sigma Theta Tau, Rho Chapter Global Health Award
  • Recycling Gloves – Rita & Alex Hillman Environmental Sustainability Award
  • Story Ride – Audience Choice award sponsored by the Michigan Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists & Nurse Approved
  • Mother Nurture – Johnson & Johnson Health Equity Award (pictured above)

In total, seven teams ranging in size from two to seven participants joined in the pitch event, with representatives from nursing, engineering, public health, dentistry, information science, data science, health informatics, and business. Each team had five to seven minutes to present a compelling case for their ideas that covered topics such as vaccine verification, sustainability, supporting new mothers. The interdisciplinary teams representing undergraduate and graduate students worked together with coaches from U-M-Ann Arbor and U-M-Flint for five weeks to identify problems, brainstorm solutions, research alternatives, and eventually develop an innovative idea. Read more about the hackathon, which the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education assisted in publicizing to potential student participants across U-M’s campuses.

Also at the U-M School of Nursing in Ann Arbor, Center for IPE Executive Committee member and Nursing associate dean Dana Tschannen was on a faculty team recently selected for “We Dare Challenge” funding for their project entitled “Augmented Reality for Nursing Education.”

Congrats to one and all!