Mount Mercy to host first MakerNurse Workshop in Midwest on May 31

UPDATE: MMU's MakerNurse Workshop has been postponed until Sept. 15, 2017. A free webinar will be hosted in place of the event, May 31 at 11:30 a.m. Click here for details.

Bringing together 60 nurses from across the corridor on Wednesday, May 31, Mount Mercy University will host the first official MakerNurse Workshop in the Midwest.

Closer to the patient than conventional engineering labs in America, nurses are uniquely positioned to spot suboptimal technology and design break-through solutions to improve care. All too often their ideas for new devices remain scribbled on the back of an envelope. The Mount Mercy University MakerNurse Workshop is a day-long training event to introduce prototyping tools and experimental methods to help nurses move these back-of-the-envelope sketches to a medical device prototype that you can hold in your hand.

Over the past two years, MakerNurse has grown as a global community of inventive nurses across the globe. They are tapping into the hospital supply closet and using everyday materials to improve upon and create new tools and devices that lead to better patient care. Cough pillows made out of hospital blankets wrapped in medical tape, tactile patient call buttons using tongue depressors and pieces of silk—these are just some of the simple fixes made by nurses that ensure patient comfort and safety.

“We know frontline nurses have incredible ideas for how to design health devices to improve patient care” said Anna Young, co-founder MakerNurse. “Our team is thrilled to partner with Mount Mercy University to expand the MakerNurse community across the Midwest. We can’t wait to see what the participants create during the workshop.”

Nurses who have an idea for a new medical device or an interest in learning from other nurses who have created medical devices should apply today to participate. The workshop is open to all nurses in the corridor, but limited to 60 participants. There is a $50 registration fee and 0.93 CEUs will be awarded.

The workshop will include a lecture from the MakerNurse co-founders and team-based prototyping activities covering topics such as mold making, 3D printing and app design. In addition to learning hands-on prototyping techniques, workshop participants will hear from case examples of nurses from throughout the MakerNurse network who have made medical devices that are being used with patients. The afternoon sessions will explore how to design experiments to test the medical device prototypes. Following the workshop, Mount Mercy University nursing faculty will host a poster session exhibiting projects from nursing students and faculty. MakerNurse is proud to kickoff this event as a first of many activities in the Cedar Rapids region.

“I am excited to bring MakerNurse to the corridor so nurses can innovate, problem-solve, and experience hands-on teamwork with overall vision of improving nursing practice, patient safety, and healthcare,” said Sharon Guthrie, PhD, ARNP, CPNP, NCSN, RN-BC, Graduate Nursing Program Director, faculty at Mount Mercy, and initiator of MakerNurse workshop.

» Register for the MakerNurse Workshop today!

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