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innovation, nursing education, organizational culture, teaching



  1. Lachman, Vicki D. PhD, APRN, MBE
  2. Glasgow, Mary Ellen Smith PhD, RN, CS
  3. Donnelly, Gloria F. PhD, RN, FAAN


Innovation in healthcare is essential to solve the "wicked problems" currently facing healthcare. This article focuses on nature of innovation and how it operates, how innovators think and view problems, how the theory and practice of innovation can be taught in novel ways, and how organizational cultures foster or suppress innovation. Examples of teaching strategies and nurse-driven innovation illustrate the theory and practice of innovation.