Third Annual Planting Seeds of Innovation Workshop

Planting Seeds of Innovation Conference photos

Whether providing care in a hospital, clinic or home setting, generating and successfully implementing innovative ideas is paramount to improving the health of patients and maintaining an organization’s financial sustainability. Innovative organizations adapt to the increasing pace of life and find creative solutions to challenging problems through inventive processes, products and services. Nurses are expert problem solvers and often see opportunities to improve existing equipment, supplies or processes to better meet their patients’ needs. Many of these solutions not only improve patient care, but have the potential to become commercial products, and in some cases new businesses. Unfortunately, most clinical nurses and health care workers lack the knowledge on how to take an innovative idea and turn it into reality.

Participants in this workshop will learn about resources and tools to help them think creatively to generate lasting change. The overall objectives for this workshop include:

Online registration is closed but onsite registration will be available the day of the conference.

$65 (students $35)

Workshop Learning Objectives

  • Recognizing the importance of innovation and the need for innovative ideas from nurses and other healthcare professionals,
  • Describing the value proposition design process for creating innovative products, services and processes that lead to improved patient care in healthcare organizations,
  • Learning from nurse innovators about how they brought their ideas forward,
  • Identifying resources available to assist with customer discovery methods, business planning, management of intellectual property, patents, licensing, and funding.

Contact Hours
This activity is designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 7.25 contact hours.

However, the individual nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the State Board of Nursing requirements for acceptable education.


Celebrity Interview

The Importance of Innovation in Academic/Practice Partnerships
Connie Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP, Laura Reed, MBA, DNP, RN and Dan Pesut, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Description: This interactive session will bring together Connie Delaney, Dean and Professor, The University of Minnesota (UM) School of Nursing and Laura Reed, the Chief Nurse Executive, Fairview Health Services to discuss how academic/practice partnerships can drive nursing innovation within healthcare organizations. In 2013, as a means to optimize opportunities for coordination, synergy, collaboration, and innovation between the two organizations the “Nursing Collaboratory” was created. Based upon common goals, including mutual respect and shared knowledge, the Collaboratory is a nursing "think tank" and an incubator for creativity and innovation that engages clinical nurses, nursing faculty and students from both organizations in the creation and implementation of new ideas and care models to enhance nursing education, research, practice and ultimately patient care. Since its inception the Collaboratory has partnered on numerous innovative projects. Dan Pesut, Professor of Nursing and Director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership at The UM School of Nursing will interview Dean Delaney and Dr. Reed regarding the importance of Nursing innovation in today’s healthcare organizations.

Interactive Sessions

Carla Pavone, MBA, PhD
Over the remainder of the workshop, Dr. Pavone will facilitate participants through a series of mini-lectures, group activities and exemplars that provides a pathway for bringing an innovative idea for a new product, service or process to reality. By the end of the interactive sessions, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the value proposition design process.
  • Identify what problems impacting stakeholder’s goals, pains and gains. 
  • Define a solution through a product, service or process.
  • Test a value proposition and how well it addresses stakeholder expectations.

Panel: Bringing Your Ideas to Reality (Fishbowl of Innovators)

This session will bring together innovators from a variety of backgrounds who have created innovative healthcare products, services and processes. Fishbowl activities are a lively discussion where audience participants can join the circle of experts to ask questions and comment on a topic.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this session, learners should be better able to:

  • Identify key steps that lead to successfully advance an innovative idea. 
  • Describe the lived experience of nurse innovators and what strate¬gies they utilized to create a new product or service. 
  • Recognize how health care companies evaluate potential new ideas from nurses and other healthcare providers. 
  • Describe the processes used to evaluate innovative ideas and manage intellectual property and commercialization of medical products and services.


Connie White Delaney

Connie White DelaneyPhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP
Professor and Dean, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN
Dean Connie Delaney, an internationally recognized health informatics scholar, has served as dean of the UM School of Nursing since August 2005. She also holds a professorship at the University of Iceland in both the Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Medicine. Dean Delaney is the only dean of nursing in the U.S. who is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics. She also has served on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and as past-chair of the AMIA Nursing Informatics Work Group. Dean Delaney was an appointee to the Health Information Technology Policy Com¬mittee, an advisory body established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act within the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She co-chaired the Alliance for Nursing Informatics, representing more than 2,000 nurses and over 20 distinct nursing informatics groups in the United States.

Laura Reed

Laura ReedMBA, DNP, RN
Chief Nurse Executive, Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN

Laura Reed serves as the Chief Nurse Executive for Fairview Health Services, a Minneapolis, Minnesota based nonprofit, integrated health system with 32,000 employees and 2400 affiliated providers.  Prior to her current position, Laura Reed served as the Chief Nurse Executive for ThedaCare Health System, a 7 hospital and continuum of care service in northeastern Wisconsin. Prior to her position at Thedacare, Laura served as Chief Nursing Executive for University of Minnesota Health, which represents, The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Masonic Children’s Hospital and UMPhysician Clinics.  She was the Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Executive at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and prior to that, Laura served over 28 years at the University of Iowa and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  Laura is responsible for providing leadership, vision and accountability for patient centered care and nursing practice throughout the various integrated organizations. She has worked in a wide range of nursing roles in academic and community settings, beginning as a front-line nurse, advancing to nurse manager and then into senior leadership positions.

Carla Pavone

Carla PavoneMBA, PhD
Associate Director, Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management, and Director of the Min-Corps Program, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

As Program Director of the Minnesota Innovation Corps (a site of the National Science Foundation-funded National I-Corps), Carla facilitates technology commercialization across the University of Minnesota by developing and coordinating educational and coaching programs for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students, post-docs, research staff and faculty. Dr. Pavone teaches entrepreneurship and strategy courses at the Carlson School of Management. She also serves on two nonprofit boards: Social Venture Partners - Minnesota, which helps innovative nonprofits that focus on at-risk youth, and WomenVenture, which helps women entrepreneurs who have limited access to resources.

Daniel Pesut

Daniel PesutPhD, RN, FAAN
Professor of Nursing and Director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership, The University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN
Daniel Pesut is the director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership at the UM School of Nurs¬ing. He holds the Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Nursing Leader¬ship Chair. Dr. Pesut earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of Michi¬gan and a Master of Science degree in psychiatric mental health nursing from the University of Texas. He holds certificates in management de-velopment from the Harvard Institute for Higher Education and in inte¬gral studies from Fielding Graduate University. He is a certified Hudson Institute coach.

Fishbowl of Innovators

Fishbowl of Innovators

Oriana Beaudet, DNP RN PHN
Vice-President and Associate Principle, Array Advisors, United States

Helen FU
PhD Student, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
As part of the research conducted for her PhD dissertation, Helen Fu conceived of an app which would deliver health services and information to diabetic patients via a mobile device such as a smartphone with a goal to improve adherence to self-management behaviors.

Mary C. Hooke, PhD, APRN, PCNS, CPON
Associate Professor, The University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN
Casey Hooke is an associate professor for the UM School of Nursing where she teaches graduate-level nursing students and advises undergraduate honors students, DNP and PhD students. Dr. Hooke and a student have patented a flexible IV line device that attaches to an IV pole and lifts the tubing off the ground. This innovative design is similar to the movable arm often attached to a bike for walking a dog.

Anne McKechnie, PhD, RN, IBCLC
Assistant Professor, The University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN
Anne McKechnie is an assistant professor at the UM School of Nursing. Her research area includes understanding the needs of families who continue pregnancies after fetal anomaly diagnoses (such as congenital heart disease), and supporting families as they pre¬pare to care for their children with special health care needs. Dr. McKechnie has developed an app to enhance strengths and reduce risks for parents and their children for congenital heart disease. She is currently working with a national patient engagement company to integrate her app into their platform.

Martin Michalowski, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Martin Michalowski's domain of expertise is artificial intelligence (AI) with research interests spanning several AI areas of medical informatics. He has served as a primary investigator on Department of Defense (DOD) and Small Business Innovation Research grants (SBIR) as well as a co-investigator on DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) grants. He is also responsible for the creation and management of two web-based companies: The first was a price comparison tool for books sold online and the second for development of a medical knowledge dissemination platform.

Ryan Mays, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Ryan Mays' research is focused on community-based exercise training for patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), applying coaching and monitoring techniques so that PAD patients can adopt and sustain exercise without the need for a hospital-based environment. He currently is developing an app for self-management of PAD by patients.

Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN
Clinical Associate Professor, Specialty Coordinator Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN

Jane Anderson, DNP, ANP-C, FNP-C, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Jane Anderson is an assistant clinical professor at the UM School of Nursing who created and currently manages a nurse run clinic in Minneapolis, MN. This unique interdisciplinary clinic is a partnership between the UM School of Nursing and M Health and has four additional satellite clinics in community organizations throughout the Twin Cities.

Donna Bliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Distinguished Teacher
School of Nursing Foundation Research Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Bliss is a professor at the UM School of Nursing and is a leading researcher in the area of symptom and self-management of chronic health conditions in adults and seniors. Dr. Bliss, with a team of collaborators, has created and licensed an incontinence-associated dermatitis assessment tool. The tool provides color representations of varying severities of incontinence-associated skin damage on different colors of skin and provides a benchmark for incontinence-associated skin damage.

Karen Kaehler, MBA
Technology Portfolio Manager, University of Minnesota Office for Technology Commercialization, Minneapolis, MN
Karen Kaehler has over 20 years of experience in senior level strategic and tactical marketing positions in the medical device, health information, and biosciences industries. She has a history of successfully shepherding complex projects through development to implementation. Prior to joining OTC, she worked at both startups and established companies, leading over two dozen product development and launch teams with such companies as superDimension, Blizzard Genomics, Infection Control Advisory Network, Schneider (USA), and American Medical Systems.

Deanna Sellers, ACNP
Lead Advanced Practice Provider for Critical Care, Fairview Health Services and Trauma Services at UM Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN.
Deanna Sellers is an acute care nurse practitioner who noted a gap in clinical services for patients suffering from non-sports related concussions. To address this need, Deanna started a concussion clinic in the M Health Clinics and Surgery Center. The clinic has been so successful that Deanna has a 4 week waiting list and has to hire additional providers to manage the growth.

Lara Stilp
Clinical Manager, St. Johns Hospital, Maplewood, MN
As a result of a quality improvement project designed to reduce the cost of constant observation hours for patients with delirium, Lara Stilp, a clinical manager at St. Johns Hospital in Maple wood, MN worked with a HealthEast team to develop the Delirium Interventions and Prevention Plan (DIPP). The DIPP is a set of tools and standard work expectations for nurses and nursing assistants to systematically care for patients to prevent delirium in at-risk patients. The DIPP tools contributed to a 35% decrease in constant observation hours in just 3 months after implementation.

Oriana Beaudet, DNP RN PHN

Vice-President and Associate Principle, Array Advisors, United States

December 14, 2017

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

McNamara Alumni Center
University of Minnesota, East Bank


Innovators Resources

Previous Workshops:

Hosted by:
University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Fairview Health Services and MHealth

Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership
Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota College of Design
University of Minnesota Medical Device Center

Planning Committee
Thomas Clancy, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
Joe Hale, PhD
Anne LaFlamme, DNP, RN
Greg Peterson, MBA
Daniel Pesut, PhD, RN, FAAN
Carla Pavone, PhD, MBA
Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN
Carol Solie, MPH, RN
Peter Knapp, RN

University of Minnesota Medical Center Technology and Innovation Council
Thomas Clancy, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
Becky Gams, MS, APRN, CNP
Peter Knapp, RN
Anne LaFlamme, DNP, RN
Kathy Louis, RN
Josh McFadden, RN
Colleen Peterson, RN
Carol Solie, MPH, RN
Sara Thul, RN
Emma Fronz, RN

University of Minnesota Medical Device Center Fellows
Felix Landaeta
Paige Tracy, PhD
Doug Devens, PhD
Kevin Goodwin, MD
Matt Kudek, MD
Shannon Smith
Roy Cho, MD
Adam Choe


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