Nurse Innovators is a 3-year project managed by the University of Iowa Office of Innovation designed to catalyze innovative and entrepreneurial ideas, technologies, and approaches from within Iowa's nursing community. Drawing on approaches developed by MakerHealth and through partnerships with the UI Hospitals & Clinics and Unity Point Health and others in the State of Iowa's healthcare community, Nurse Innovators will provide nurses with guidance, tools, motivation, support and access to resources so they can translate ideas for new devices or practices from idea to tangible product.

MakerHealth’s Create Cloud service provides prospective innovators with just-in-time learning modules, a smart prototyping genome backend and data collection to aid early stage idea-to-life prototyping. UI Innovation Staff will offer on-site support and guidance and, as ideas mature, connect them with other elements to assist their development. For example, a nurse innovator likely will need the assistance of the Protostudios design team and prototyping labs to help move their idea from concept to product. Particularly compelling products may utilize the services of Iowa MADE to support limited production runs. Or the nurse innovator may require connection with the area’s incubators to further mature their ideas.  

How to Get Involved? Attend a UIHC Pop-Up Event or email for details

Pop-Up Events:

  • October 4th
    • 2pm - CVICU
    • 3pm - SNICU
    • 4pm - MICU
  • November 1st - SFCH