College of Nursing Embraces Innovation at Summer Retreat

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Innovation was the theme of a two-day retreat by the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing, held recently at the UC 1819 Innovation Hub on Reading Road. The event helped lay the groundwork for the college’s upcoming academic year, where innovation will be front and center.Approximately 110 faculty and staff attended the first day of the retreat on Monday, August 13. Greer Glazer, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing, set the tone with her remarks at the opening of the conference.”I know that you, as faculty, are constantly creating,” said Glazer. “Nurses are constantly creating. One thing I’m very hopeful of is you’re teaching our students to innovate from the very first day they’re here.”Matt Rota, PhD, assistant dean of technology for the College of Nursing, says the first day was to familiarize attendees with the 12,000 square foot makerspace at the 1819 Innovation Hub and expose them to the various features of the space, including 3D printers, laser cutters, app development and 3D modeling. “This will allow faculty and staff to start thinking of new ways to innovate in their roles in the college and get faculty thinking how they can begin incorporating innovation into their courses and getting students to innovate with them,” said Rota. “There’s a lot that nurses do to innovate within the clinical environment, so this will give our students the mindset to start thinking critically as nurse leaders.” Drew Boyd, associate professor and executive director of the Master of Science in Marketing Program at the UC Linder College of Business, was the first presenter of the retreat, hosting an “Innovative Thinking and Strategy Session.” Boyd is an internationally-known public speaker on creativity and innovation. His presentation introduced the group to systematic inventive thinking, which is an innovation method that harnesses five thinking patterns that have been used for thousands …

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