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Rossetti, Jeanette

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Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

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School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions


This dissertation explores the value and impact of nurse innovators working in academic, industry, and government settings. A qualitative descriptive study was chosen to understand the contributions of nurse innovators and the outcomes associated with their innovative endeavors. The purpose of this study is to better understand the contributions of nurse innovators by answering the following research questions: 1) How do nurses perceive that nursing innovation adds value to and/or impacts patients or the United States health care system? 2) What metrics/outcome measures do nurse innovators identify as relevant or useful to evaluate innovation success? And 3) What methods/resources do nurse innovators report leveraging to disseminate innovation practice, initiatives, and outcomes? Through the method of data analysis using NVivo software, 31 interviews with nurse innovators yielded four main themes: nurse innovators positively impacting their work setting environments, methods used by nurses to measure innovative practice, facilitating factors of innovation for nurse innovators, and barriers faced by nurse innovators. The significance of this study showcases how nurse innovators may impact and add value to the United States healthcare system and utilize methods to measure improved outcomes. Thus, it is imperative to understand both the facilitating factors of innovation and the barriers faced by nurse innovators to improve innovative practices in various workplace settings. The findings from this study can be leveraged to successfully design, measure, implement and evaluate innovative initiatives. An increase in global nurse-led innovation practices has the potential to completely transform health care. Also, it will be necessary for nurses to share their innovative practices through a variety of dissemination platforms and create opportunities for interprofessional partnerships to further enhance the outcomes of innovative endeavors.


218 pages




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