Why do stories matter to the innovation process? What values can be instilled in innovators who share stories? How do innovation leaders inspire creators to tell and share their success and failure stories? Charlene Platon is a board-certified family nurse practitioner, a licensed registered nurse, the director of ambulatory nursing at Stanford Health Care, and a Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellow. Charlene’s goal is to bring nurse-led innovation to the forefront of healthcare. In mid-May of 2020, she and Chris Caulfield of Forbes Tech Council were on one of the winning teams at SONSIEL, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, and DevUP’s international COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon. She reveals how critical storytelling was to get buy-in from the judges. Healthcare #sheroes like Charlene highlight important stories of collaborative medical innovation. From process improvement to new tech development, nurses are in a unique position to see opportunities for healthcare improvement. Our key takeaway? All nurses are innovators, but not everyone is traditionally empowered to see it that way. We hope you take this nurse-led innovation story and apply it to your industry or to your community. Everyone could use a broader lens about who can be innovation leaders. Innovation isn’t reserved for Silicon Valley; it’s led by subject matter experts working together to improve their field.
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