This program received support from the Foundation between 2013 and 2016.
Accelerating the ingenuity of nurses.
The MakerNurse program honors nurses' inventive spirit by bringing nurse "maker spaces" to the forefront of health care.
Nurses are solving challenges encountered at the bedside every day, improvising workarounds and designing new devices to improve patient care. MakerNurse is changing the game for nurses by tapping into their natural problem-solving skills and bringing the spirit of invention, creativity, and innovation into medical settings.
Spearheaded by the Little Devices Lab at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the program began as an initiative to collect stories from nurses who self-identify as “maker nurses” to better understand what drives them to use what’s around them to fix problems and improve the patient experience.
As a result, the initiative uncovered the behaviors, circumstances and cultural drivers that enhanced resourcefulness and innovation among hospital nurses. Since then, MakerNurse has built an online community that supports the ingenuity of nurses, and robust tools and resources that empower nurses to make and innovate at the bedside.
Discovering New Ideas
With an eye to the future, we look for emerging trends and creative, new ways to meet our nation’s health challenges.
Tool/ResourcePioneering Ideas Podcast
Explore cutting-edge ideas and emerging trends that spark "aha!" moments about how to improve health and health care. Tune in and join us in building a Culture of Health.
Blog PostDo-It-Yourself Health: How the Maker Movement is Innovating Health Care
November 16, 2015
Nurses are natural problem solvers. That's why MakerNurse encourages nurses to continue devising their own solutions, then give them the tools to create them.
News ReleaseNation's First Medical Makerspace Opens in Texas
September 25, 2015
Every day, nurses create simple fixes to improve patient care and comfort. Now care providers at the University of Texas Medical Branch offers tools and materials to encourage more creation in the nation's first medical makerspace.
Designing a hospital makerspace to promote nurses as inventors of innovative solutions in medical technology
Fri May 10 00:00:00 EDT 2013
This project will seek to create a prototype makerspace within a hospital setting where nurses and other staff members can test ideas and invent medical technologies and devices to improve the quality of care in acute settings.