ANA Innovation Lounge
Are you a nurse interested in innovation? Join these interactive conversations designed to build your skills.
Join us for digital series, the ANA Innovation Lounges, held in support of the ANA Innovation Awards submission process. We hosted our first virtual networking lounge at the ANCC Virtual Summit in October 2020. It was such an overwhelming success, we decided to launch more of these interactive events.
The purpose of the ANA Innovation Lounge is to create a space for nurses to expand their thinking about the profession and health care, with a focus on innovation. Connect with nursing colleagues and leaders to enhance your skills, get motivated, and build upon your personal confidence. Ultimately, we want to inspire you to develop and act on your ideas.
- Meet nurses who are leading innovative efforts
- Engage in real-time networking around all aspects of nursing innovation
- Join a supportive environment working to accelerate innovation
- Learn from people who are driving conversations around nursing and health care
2022 ANA Innovation Lounges
October 2022 ANA Innovation Lounge
Disrupting the Cycle of Homelessness
ANA Innovation Lounge – October 26, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EDT
Learn from two innovators how nurses are leading disruptive models to impact underserved populations. Paul Leon created the Street2Home model of integrated healthcare and housing, one of the largest and most successful recuperative care systems in the country. Lauran Hardin developed the Complex Care Center model, serving diverse populations with complex social needs. They've joined forces to scale these efforts across the country. Spend an evening learning how nurses are deeply impacting social determinants of health and transforming communities.
Lauran Hardin is a nationally recognized leader, highly skilled at partnering with communities, health systems and payers to co-design models and interventions for complex populations. She most recently served as Senior Advisor for the Camden Coalition’s National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs. Hardin’s past work includes developing an award-winning Complex Care model that creates better patient navigation, decreased hospitalizations and costs for vulnerable populations. The model was recognized as an exemplary practice in the National Academy of Medicine Future of Nursing Report 2020-2030. Read more
September 2022 ANA Innovation Lounge
Designing Whole Person Care
ANA Innovation Lounge – September 14, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EDT.
The Good Clinic is redefining primary care. By combining expertise, empathy, accessibility, and convenience, their Nurse Practitioner Model is changing the way care is delivered. Learn how they are focusing on co-creating good health with their patients through integrated preventative care, virtual care, and wellness planning.
Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer & Founder at The Good Clinic. Dr. Smith helped to create the MinuteClinic model and provided early-stage informatics leadership at Zipnosis. Dr. Smith has also been an active primary care Nurse Practitioner and served in faculty positions at the University of Minnesota throughout his career.
As a primary care provider, I believe in partnering with clients to create dynamic, personalized plans to progress toward attainable, client-informed goals. I believe in the power of healthy lifestyle to avert, or at a minimum manage chronic conditions. I like to leverage technology to support and engage with clients. My clinical interests are lifestyle medicine, lifestyle modification, young adult health, and women’s health.
June 2022 ANA Innovation Lounge
How Listening Like a Poet Heals
ANA Innovation Lounge – June 15, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Learn how "Listener Poets" from The Good Listening Project (TGLP) are working with nurses to ease emotional burden, process events, and make people's lived experiences visible. They've written thousands of custom poems for nurses and other healthcare workers based on the principle that healing and wellbeing start with feeling heard. Spend an evening with Frankie Abralind and Matt Brown to find out how good listening techniques can positively impact entire healthcare communities.
Frankie Abralind began experimenting with this work when he was lead designer at Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital's Innovation Hub. For years on the weekends, he'd been listening to and writing poems for strangers on the streets of Washington, D.C., under the "Free Custom Poetry" banner. Frankie relishes the overlap of human-centered design with Listener Poet work: listening to uncover truths and help people feel understood (and help them understand themselves). Frankie lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and six typewriters.
April 2022 ANA Innovation Lounge
The Nurses of Epidemic Intelligence
Learn from two nurses working as Officers for the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. These innovators are securing health and addressing national emergency response efforts. Learn more about their work, national opportunities, and how nursing perfectly positions nurses to lead national and global health.
- Julia Petras, MSPH, BSN, PHN, RN, EIS Officer, CDC
- Dr. Shanna Miko, DNP, MPH, RN, PED-BC, CPN, CCRN-K, EIS Officer, CDC
2021 ANA Innovation Lounges
We held four virtual lounges in 2021. If you missed any of those lounges, you can now view them in the videos below.
June 2021 ANA Innovation Lounge
Why Do Nurses Need to Innovate? What Happens If They Don’t?
This informative, 90-minute discussion will create a space for you to reflect on what's possible for our profession, learn how other nurses and nurse advocates are viewing innovation, and to inspire your own creative or innovative work. Join us to hear ideas on how nurses can navigate the complexity across healthcare to flex their innovation muscle. Connect with ANA Innovation Advisory Board members for a lively conversation around nursing and healthcare innovation.
- Moderator: Dan Pesut. PhD, RN, FAAN, Owner & Founder, Strategic Foresight Consulting
- Speakers: Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of Planetary Health, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
- Ahrin Mishan, MPA, MA, Executive Director, The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation
- Christi Zuber, PhD, RN, MHA, Founder & Managing Director, Aspen Labs
August 2021 ANA Innovation Lounge
Empathy for Change: Create a Better Future and Drive Impact
During the August ANA Innovation Lounge, attendees learned how empathy, understanding and kindness can better guide them through the “fuzzy” front-end of innovation. Most people do not think of empathy as a key driver to change and innovation, yet this often-overlooked skill is instrumental to achieve both. Then, got a glimpse behind the scenes of how an international organization uses innovation and customer centered design methods when creating new products.
- Moderator: Scott Sagehorn, Director of Marketing, Stryker
- Keynote: Amy J. Wilson, Founder and CEO, Empathy for Change
- Matt Regnery, Director of Marketing, Portfolio Stryker
- Debbie Gregory, DNP, RN, Senior Clinical Consultant, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.
- Joey Ferry, BSN, RN, Co-Founder, Frontier Health & Resources
- Taofiki Gafar-Schaner, MSN, RN, Co-Founder, Frontier Health & Resources
September 2021 ANA Innovation Lounge
Grace Under Pressure: Nurses Innovating Through Pandemic Challenges
The work of our profession is critical to the health of people and communities across our country. What happens when nurses need care? And, what happens when nurse’s burnout under the extreme duress and pressure of the COVID-19? Learn where can nurses turn for support and resources.
On September 28, the ANA Innovation Lounge will be focused on caring for nurses who have navigated pandemic challenges with incredible grace. Please consider joining this conversation being led by national and international nurse leader Megan Bronson PMHCNS-BC and psychotherapist, who has dedicated her nursing practice of 50 years to supporting patients, families, and staff who are experiencing grief, trauma, and traumatic loss, and Allison Nordberg, Director of the Well-Being Initiative at the American Nurses Foundation.
- Keynote: Megan Bronson, PMHCNS-BC, nurse leader and psychotherapist
- Speaker: Allison Nordberg, Director, American Nurses Foundation
October 2021 ANA Innovation Lounge
The Path of Pioneers: Nursing's Legacy, Nursing's Legacy, Nursing's Future
A lot of people are asking “Where do we go from here?” Join an intimate conversation between two pioneering nurses who have repeatedly shown that healthcare and nursing can be improved. We’ll be discussing what nursing can learn from the past and how nurses leading innovative work can move healthcare and nursing into the future.
- Speaker: Marie Manthey PhD(hon), MNA, FAAN, FRCN
- Speaker: Julie Kennedy Oehlert, DNP, RN