4 recent articles on nurse innovators

Several nurses have been in the news lately for their creative medical innovations aimed at saving lives, reducing healthcare disparities and lowering costs.

Here are four stories Becker's published on notable nurse innovators in June:

1. Graduate nursing student wins over $60K to fund healthcare startup

Ramona Ramadas, BSN, RN, who is currently working as an associate at Forum Solutions LLC in Seattle, won thousands of dollars at pitch competitions to support her healthcare startup, New Trails Navigators. The startup aims to connect homeless, incarcerated, addicted or uninsured individuals with peer health navigators.

2. Nurse directs new sepsis program

Amy Bowerman, BSN, RN, executive director of Mohawk Valley Health System - Senior Network Health in Utica, N.Y., co-developed and directs the initiative Stop Sepsis at Home. It is the country's first tool for identifying and treating adult home care patients who are at risk for sepsis, are in the condition's early stages or have severe sepsis and require emergency treatment.

3. How this nurse helped a New Jersey hospital save $30K annually

Tami Ochs, RN, a behavioral health nurse at Summit, N.J.-based Overlook Medical Center, led an effort to transform single-use blue-wrap plastic bags used to store sterile surgical instruments into tote bags for patients. Her idea has saved about 100,000 plastic bags annually and saved the hospital as much as $30,000 per year.

4. 3 nurses awarded scholarships for studies in maternal-child health

Three nurses were awarded 2019 March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships to pursue postgraduate and doctoral studies in maternal-child nursing. Research will focus on maternal and infant health disparities in U.S. communities of color, among other topics.

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