Infusing Innovation into Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Nursing Practice and Research (221)

3:30 – 4:30 pm Friday, October 29

Innovation is “a continuous state of reimagining what is possible.” Innovation can conceptually also be referred to as “novelty, creativity, and change,” and can be used by nurses to improve practice environments, patient care, education, and research.

Innovation is not new to nursing; nurses routinely use creativity to problem solve, design new care delivery methods, develop new teaching methods, and design new technology. Despite evidence that innovative solutions developed by nurses improve the lives of patients and care delivery, nurses are often underrecognized as innovators. According to the International Council of Nursing (ICN), innovation in nursing is crucial for improving health, preventing disease, describing risk factors, and fostering healthy lifestyles. Innovation is critical in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing because nurses must continually find creative ways to balance the ever-changing science with patient- and family-centered care. Innovation can be applied to a range of nursing activities, including clinical practice, education of nurses and families, and research. Innovation can include new technologies, updated care delivery models, new teaching methods, and novel research methodologies to improve access to participants or elicit patient- and family-reported experiences. The purpose of this educational session is to define types of innovation; review diffusion of innovation theory; describe how to apply innovation to practice, education, leadership, and research; and discuss challenges to implementation of innovative solutions to enhance the care of pediatric hematology and oncology patients. Prepared with this knowledge, pediatric hematology/oncology nurses will be able to apply innovative strategies in practice and capitalize on innovations to move the field of pediatric hematology/oncology nursing forward.