On Thursday, March 24th, at 7:15pm, in Gentry 131, three collaborative projects developed by undergraduate student partners of the School of Nursing and the School of Engineering-Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program were presented.
In 2015, the School of Nursing, under the leadership of Anna Bourgault, MSN, RN, CCRCL, Assistant Clinical Professor and Christine Meehan, BS, MA, Adjunct Professor – Healthcare Innovations Program, and the School of Engineering under the leadership of Dr. Diane Van Scoter, MEM Program Co-Director, collaborated to jointly develop nursing ideas into prototype development. Our first three collaborative projects were presented jointly by the Nursing and MEM teams.
We were awarded a Provost’s Teaching Innovation Mini Grant. The Bringing Real Solutions to Healthcare projects are supported by this grant. We would like to recognize Dr. Aynsley Diamond, Director of Faculty Development Programs in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, for her leadership in providing support for this collaboration.
In 2013, the UConn School of Nursing, under the direction of Dean Regina Cusson, started to implement innovation and entrepreneurship training into the four year nursing curriculum. This resulted in the Healthcare Innovations Program which is the first of its kind for a collegiate nursing program in the
United States. Dean Cusson saw that nurses are ideally suited to see and create the innovative changes needed in our local and global healthcare system and only needed entrepreneurship training and tools to do so.
MEM students earn a BS degree dually conferred by the School of Engineering and the School of Business so they have immense flexibility to work as practicing engineers or to focus more a career in business. Their unique curriculum positions them to see the “big picture” when working on prototyping for future manufacturing. We have found that this entrepreneurial skill set is a vital component and a key asset in the collaborative partnership forged with School of Nursing students working on the Bringing Real Solutions to Healthcare projects.