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GENERAL PURPOSE: To provide an overview of strategies for cultivating a culture of innovation. LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES: After completing this continuing-education activity, you should be able to: 1. Identify examples of healthcare innovation and recall how individuals and systems have benefited from their development. 2. Specify characteristics of cultures that cultivate innovation and how nurse leaders can encourage innovation in their own settings.

 

1. "The Innovation Road Map: A Guide for Nurse Leaders" recommends that nurse leaders embrace certain characteristics to promote a culture of innovation, including encouraging and valuing

 

a. effective delegation.

 

b. corporate compliance.

 

c. divergent thinking.

 

2. What action by nurse leaders does the Innovation Road Map specify to instill confidence in employees' abilities and decisions?

 

a. promoting autonomy and freedom

 

b. allowing risk-taking behaviors

 

c. providing professional development opportunities

 

3. To maintain a strong program of safety and quality oversight while transitioning to a culture that supports exploration and innovation, nurse leaders must ensure that

 

a. designs are piloted for cost-effectiveness.

 

b. ideas are well tested before being implemented.

 

c. every clinician has the opportunity to participate.

 

4. As described by the author, the innovation process works best when people are

 

a. organized into teams.

 

b. allowed to work independently.

 

c. recruited from outside the organization.

 

5. Within a culture of innovation, it's understood that the people who know the system best are

 

a. responsible and active managers.

 

b. people who've been there the longest.

 

c. those who work within it.

 

6. What strategy is included in the Innovation Roadmap for nurse leaders to guide their teams and promote innovative leadership?

 

a. mobilize resources

 

b. centralize leadership

 

c. facilitate mentorship

 

7. The author suggests that nurses gain more valuable insights than other caregivers, which can be used to inform emerging technologies and innovations, because they

 

a. are the heaviest users of technology.

 

b. are more dependent on unit workflow and infrastructure.

 

c. spend more time with patients.

 

8. What type of event does the author recommend for providing opportunities for nurses to learn how to embrace an innovator role?

 

a. pitch competitions

 

b. patent research

 

c. needs assessments

 

9. At the HIMSS NursePitch event, nurses presented innovative products to judges and answered questions such as

 

a. when will you start production?

 

b. how is it being financed?

 

c. what problem does it solve?

 

10. One of the winning nurse innovators at the ANA Quality and Innovation Conference NursePitch event designed a product to

 

a. predict and prevent patient falls.

 

b. monitor patients using AI.

 

c. enhance infant parenteral nutrition.

 

11. To foster innovation, nurse leaders should create and support a culture that

 

a. encourages only straightforward processes.

 

b. discourages risk-taking.

 

c. tolerates failure.

 

12. Which of the following is an emerging technology that creates intelligent computer systems to perform tasks without receiving instructions directly from humans?

 

a. AI

 

b. VR

 

c. robotic surgery

 

13. In a recent study from Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, Calif., VR software was used to achieve significant

 

a. patient teaching.

 

b. clinical competency.

 

c. pain reduction.

 

14. The author stresses that the exponential changes of healthcare innovation will make healthcare more efficient, effective, and

 

a. expensive.

 

b. personalized.

 

c. detached.

 

15. The author identifies all of the following as essential components of the innovation process except

 

a. planning an innovation strategy.

 

b. identifying goals.

 

c. communicating results to the community.

 

16. Each innovation strategy should align with

 

a. organizational objectives.

 

b. popular opinion.

 

c. patient requests.

 

17. Which step is critical to demonstrating the success of an innovation?

 

a. developing a production plan

 

b. measuring its impact

 

c. marketing it outside the organization

 

18. To ensure that the entire organization will embrace the change, one should make sure an innovation strategy is transparent, open, and

 

a. inclusive.

 

b. inexpensive.

 

c. easy to implement.