Year of the Nurse: Innovation During a Pandemic

Date: September 15, 2020

Time: 02:00PM - 03:00PM

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Learn about the innovative ways nurses are utilizing technology at Atrium Health to respond to the pandemic.


1. Year of the Nurse

In honor of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday in 2020, there is an international focus from the WHO, the ANA and ANIA to focus on the profession of the nurse this year.

Florence Nightingale was a natural innovator; she tracked infection rates and correlated them to the spread of disease.

In the spirit of the Year of the Nurse, we will hear from Becky Fox, MSN, RN-BC, CNIO from Atrium Health, who will share how nurses and clinical informaticians are the perfect innovators during a pandemic and what opportunities lie ahead.

2. Nurses as Modern-Day “MacGyvers”

3. Clinical Informatics at Atrium Health

  • Review of Clinical Informatics role
  • Describe structure, alignment and collaboration with other support teams
  • Key initiative success with workflow experts

4. Examples of Nursing Innovation During COVID

Baby Monitors:

  • Thinking outside of the box to use technology in different way
  • Listening/learning from others
  • Shortening the pilot phase from weeks to days, and days to hours

ICU Connection Nurse Program:

  • ICU goal for connections with family on daily basis
  • Leveraging existing technology and getting creative
  • How the program works
  • Measuring success in a pandemic
  • Next steps / expansion

5. Preparation for What’s Ahead – Clinical Innovation Must Lead the Way

  • What’s coming – next wave?
  • What’s needed?
  • What you can do to help?

  • Becky Fox, MSN, RN-BC, Vice President, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Atrium Health