HIIP Innovation Week

Welcome to the inaugural HiiP Innovation Week 2023

The U-M School of Nursing Healthcare Innovation Impact Program (HiiP), the hub for nursing innovation at the School, will host its inaugural Innovation Week from March 20-24. This year’s theme is: “The Building Blocks to Nursing Innovation”. The week promises to be educational and inspirational, and we hope you find time to participate in some, if not all, of the events we have planned for you. And for those who can’t attend in person, the program will broadcast speaker presentations via Zoom.

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Through our recent Innovation Survey to faculty and students, you have told us that:

  • You want to learn more about nursing innovation;
  • You believe nurses are good at coming up with innovative ideas;
  • You want to gain insights and skills about how to bring your ideas to market; and
  • You are interested in participating in innovation-related training or educational opportunities to become more well-versed in nursing innovation and how you might do it.

This week has been designed to start to lay a foundational framework for what nursing innovation is, or can be; how to light that innovative flame to create a new project; and what resources are available across campus to help move your idea forward.  We’ve also thrown in a dash of inspiration as we showcase your nursing colleagues who have, or are, working on their own innovations, and so much more.

Whether you’re a faculty, student, nurse, alumni, or anyone interested in learning more about harnessing and supporting your own or another nurse’s innovative spirit and ideas, we look forward to seeing you in person or via Zoom.  This week has been designed for all of us as we strive to make the U-M School of Nursing a place where nursing innovation is growing and thriving.

Why is nursing innovation is important to healthcare?

As a nurse or nursing student, you are embedded in all facets of healthcare. Nurses know better than anyone what patients, their families, fellow nurses, healthcare systems, and the community need–and when these needs are being met, and where the gaps are. Nurses are also the largest segment of the U.S. healthcare workforce, so they have a critical mass that can be leveraged to create change where and when needed. Importantly, nurses are also closest to the problems patients face.

Yet despite nearly every health system interaction beginning or ending with a nurse, there are relatively few nurses at the innovation table! So HiiP is working to change this by educating and empowering you, as current and future nurses, to know what innovation is (it’s broader than you think!) and how to create and bring your idea(s) to market to serve those you intend them to benefit.

HiiP encourages you to take advantage of the planned week and know that HiiP is always here for you and your innovative ideas.

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Schedule of events - All Events are Free

Please note that new content for Nursing Innovation Week will be added as details become available.




Monday, 3/20 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Innovation Week Kick-off – Bagels and HiiP Swag Give-Away

Nursing Bldg. 2 - Lobby

Monday 3/20 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Nursing Innovation Speaker Panel Presentation: Inspiring ∙ Inventing ∙ Impacting Nursing Innovation

Nursing. Bldg. 2 - Room 1000 or via Zoom passcode: HiiP

Wednesday 3/22 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Nursing Innovation Resource Fair

Nursing Bldg. 2 – Room 1240

Wednesday 3/22 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

UMSN Nursing Innovator Showcase

Nursing Bldg. 2 – Room 1000

Wednesday 3/22 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

HiiP Student Innovation Ambassadors Nursing Innovation Speaker Presentation

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Thursday 3/23

HiiP Innovation Advisory Board Meeting (Invitees only)


Friday 3/24Launch of Inspire ∙ Invent ∙ Impact Nursing Innovation Podcast Series from HiiP Staff & Our Student Innovation AmbassadorsPodcasts will be posted to the HiiP webpage

Note:  Nursing Innovation Speaker Panel and Speaker’s Talk from Dinner & Dialogue Dinner will be posted to the HiiP webpage after the events are over.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Innovation Week Kick-off (Nursing Building 2 - Lobby - 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)

  • We invite students and faculty to stop by and grab a bagel and some HiiP swag to start your day.
  • We will also be launching the “Ask the Nursing Innovator” Q&A series which will run through the week.  You submit the questions to us via this form and we’ll post answers throughout the week on HiiP’s Instagram account 

Innovation Week Speaker Panel (Nursing Building 2 Room 1000 or via Zoom passcode: HiiP) from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 pm)

  • Please join us for this educational and inspirational speaker panel titled. "Inspiring ∙ Inventing ∙ Impacting Nursing Innovation"
  • Click here to attend using zoom passcode:HiiP
  • Our nationally-renowned speakers include:

Julia CooneyA senior health care executive with over 30 years of health industry experience as a clinician, leader and consultant.  Over the course of her career, Julia has worked in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom with healthcare leaders across the ecosystem to advance the strategic and operational transformation of health and healthcare.

A leader in clinical operations innovation and technology enabled transformation.  Her work has crossed the care continuum, with a focus on population health and the impact of technology on care delivery, for the patient and the care provider.

A former senior partner with Deloitte Consulting Health Care and Life Science practice, Julia has a valuable combination of strategy, operations, and technology innovation and transformation experience and expertise.  Of focus, the opportunities and challenges related to adoption and execution of operational and technology changes, technology’s impact on patient care delivery, and the digitization of care.  Ms. Cooney led Deloitte’s work on the Future of Work in Nursing and “The Exponential Nurse” services.  

A founding board member of the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders (SONSIEL), Ms. Cooney is committed to seeing nurses at the forefront of healthcare reform, advancing nurse innovation and promoting nurse lead population health innovative models of care. 

Ms. Cooney is a proud alumni of the University of Michigan School of Nursing – GO BLUE!!


Master's in Business Administration

Boston College Graduate School of Management

Bachelors of Science, Nursing

University of Michigan

Contact Information: jecmcc12@gmail.com

Lynda BentonLynda is a Senior Director, Global Community Impact, with Johnson & Johnson.  In this role she has responsibility for leading Johnson & Johnson Nursing, representing the company’s 125-year commitment to championing, supporting and advocating for the nursing profession.

Lynda is a passionate nurse advocate who firmly believes that to improve healthcare, nurses need to be championed and supported for their impact, empowered to raise their voices and implement their ideas, and valued as innovative leaders key to improving patient outcomes and transforming healthcare

She has been with Johnson & Johnson for 32 years, with extensive leadership
experience in the pharmaceutical sector, and within the Johnson & Johnson Global
Corporate Affairs group.

Rebecca Love

Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN, FIEL is an experienced nurse executive and the first nurse featured on Ted.com.  She is also one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices.  Rebecca was the first Director of Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the United States at the Northeastern School of Nursing – the founding initiative in the country designed to empower nurses as innovators and entrepreneurs. It was here where she founded the Nurse Hackathon, a movement that has led to transformational change in the Nursing Profession. In early 2019, Rebecca, along with a group of leading nurses in the world, founded and was President of SONSIEL: The Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders, a non-profit that quickly attained recognition by the United Nations as an Affiliate Member to the UN. 

Rebecca is an experienced Nurse Entrepreneur, founding HireNurses.com in 2013, which was acquired in 2018 by Ryalto, LTD UK, where she served as the Managing Director of US Markets, until it’s acquisition in 2019.  Currently, Rebecca serves as the Chief Clinical Officer of IntelyCare, Inc. 

Rebecca is passionate about empowering nurses and creating communities to help nurses innovate, create and collaborate to start businesses and inventions to transform healthcare.   

Rebecca holds a M.S. in Nursing from Northeastern University, a B.A. in International Relations/Spanish from Boston University, and sits on the Board of NextGen Ventures, Health Science Entrepreneurs at Northeastern University & the Host Committee for the Massachusetts ACLU. 

She currently lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts with her husband and 3 children.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Nursing Innovation Resource Fair (Nursing Building 2 - Room 1240 - 11:00 am – 1:00 pm)

  • Come visit representatives from across campus who provide innovation support and resources to faculty and/or students.  Representatives from Innovation Partnerships (faculty) or the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic (students), the Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation in Action, the Multidisciplinary Design Program, I-Corp, and more will all be at the school to speak with you about how they can help you with your innovation projects.

UMSN Innovator Showcase (Nursing Building 2 - Room 1000 - 11:00 am – 1:00 pm)

  • Stop in and learn about some of the exciting, and important, innovations that have been launched or are being worked by our very own faculty researchers and clinicians.  The projects are wide-ranging in scope and we know you’ll be inspired from their stories.
  • HiiP will also be announcing the launch of our first ever Faculty Innovation Award Program for 2024 to recognize the impactful work of a faculty member in the nursing innovation space.
  • Some of the nurses being featured in this showcase, and their innovations, include the following, with more being added all the time. Stop in and learn about some of the exciting, and important, innovations that have been launched, or are being worked on, by our very own  faculty researchers and clinicians.  

HiiP Student Innovation Ambassadors Speaker Presentation - Empowering Nursing Innovation and Entrepreneurship (7:00 pm via Zoom)

  • The HiiP Student Innovation Ambassadors are pleased to host Charlene Platon, Nurse Innovator and Entrepreneur for a talk on her journey in nursing innovation and entrepreneurship as she developed and launched Fifth Window, a digital platform that prioritizes the well-being of nurses with evidence-based tools, a community space, and a real-time wellness pulse. This presentation is for both students and faculty.  Registration is required.


Nurse Innovator


Michelle Munro-Kramer

Human Trafficking Website & Education Module and The Dynamics of Interpersonal Coercion among College Students Tool 

Priya Tripathi (for Lenette Jones)

WHISE App (Wellness, Hypertension, Information Sharing, Self-Management, and Education. Empowering WHISE women) 

Clayton Shuman

Nurse Leader EBP Competency Scale & ArtSpective

Deb Lee & Melissa Bathish

Using Augmented Reality for Procedural & Surgical Training 

Kevin Joiner 

De-Stigmatizing Diabetes Language/Care & Prediabetes Educational Booklet for a Latino Population 

Julia Seng

Survivor Mom’s Companion Program 

Carol Boyd

ABCs of Prescription Drug Management Intervention 

Stacia Potempa

HealthyLifetime™ Program

Michelle Aebersold

Innovations in XR 

Ellie English (for Gina Dahlem)

Overdose A.C.T.I.O.N. Naloxone Training Website

Ivo Dinov

CBDA & DataSifter (Big Data Tools) 

Sarah Peitzmeier

Graphic novel to promote healthy binding in transmasculine communities 

Patricia HershbergerTELL Tool (Tool to Empower Parental Telling and Talking) 
Dana TschannenEffective Leadership Model and “Through the Eyes of…”Facilitator Guide 
Amanda BlokNurse Friend 

Thursday, March 23, 2023

  • HiiP Innovation Advisory Board Meeting

  • This is an invite only event and is the inaugural meeting of a core group of interdisciplinary professionals who will be providing guidance and counsel to HiiP as we continue to map out the schools' and our innovators'—faculty and students—paths forward in the field of nursing innovation.

Friday, March 24, 2023

  • To close our Nursing Innovation Week, HiiP will be launching what will become a series of podcasts that will be titled  Inspire ∙ Invent ∙ Impact Nursing Innovation. Each podcast will address important innovation-related topics including What Nursing Innovation Is, How to Protect Your Intellectual Property, Innovating in a Clinical Environment, and more. 
  • These podcasts will be produced by HiiP staff as well as our Student Innovation Ambassadors.
  • They will be posted on the HiiP webpage once launched:  https://nursing.umich.edu/HiiP

2023 Innovation Week Planning Committee

  • Rhonda Schoville – Director of the Healthcare Innovation Impact Program (HiiP)
  • Ann Fitzsimons – Portfolio Manager & Engagement Specialist HiiP
  • Michelle Munro-Kramer – Faculty Lead for Student Engagement/Student Ambassadors for HiiP
  • Michael Brinich- Marketing & Communications
  • Michelle Pinneau – Administrative Assistant
  • Becky Williams – PhD Student Representative
  • Kristin Clements – BSN (LAI) Student Representative
  • Linnea Brunvand – Student Innovation Ambassador
  • Hannah Slawson – Student Innovation Ambassador