HIIP Innovation Week

Welcome to the HiiP Innovation Week 2024

The U-M School of Nursing Healthcare Innovation Impact Program (HiiP), the hub for nursing innovation at the School, is hosting its second annual Innovation Week from February 5-9, 2024.  This year’s theme is: “Nursing Innovation:  Choices and Challenges”. The week promises to be educational and inspirational, and we hope you find time to participate in some, if not all, of the events we have planned for you in-person, and especially our inaugural Nursing Innovation Conference on February 6th, from 9 am – 5 pm. And for those who can’t attend in person, select events will broadcast via Zoom.

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This week has been designed to fill key knowledge gaps that our faculty and students have told us exist for them when it comes to nursing innovation, and to present some new concepts like design thinking that faculty and students may not even know they should be familiar with when working in the nursing innovation space.  The week, and conference, is packed with innovation and entrepreneurial experts from both within and outside the University; nursing peers who have, or are, working on their own innovations; and resource partners from across campus so you can learn of what’s available to help you move your innovative ideas forward.

Whether you’re a faculty, student, nurse, alumni, or anyone interested in learning more about harnessing and supporting your own, or another nurse’s, innovative spirit and ideas, we look forward to seeing you in person or via Zoom.  This week has been designed for all of us as we strive to make our places of learning and practice spaces where a culture of nursing innovation is growing and thriving.

Why is nursing innovation is important to healthcare?

As a nurse or nursing student, you are embedded in all facets of healthcare. Nurses know better than anyone what patients, their families, fellow nurses, healthcare systems, and the community need--and when these needs are being met vs. where the gaps are. Nurses are also the largest segment of the U.S. healthcare workforce, so they have a critical mass that can be leveraged to create change where and when needed. Importantly, nurses are also closest to the problems patients face.

Yet despite nearly every health system interaction beginning or ending with a nurse, there are relatively few nurses at the innovation table! So HiiP is working to change this by educating and empowering you, as current and future nurses and faculty working with nurses and nursing students, to know what innovation is (it’s broader than you think!) and how to create and bring your idea(s) to market to serve those you intend them to benefit.

HiiP encourages you to take advantage of this innovation week and know that HiiP is always here for you and your innovative ideas.

Innovation Week Schedule of events - All Events are Free

The HiiP Innovation Week is dedicated to honoring or celebrating different groups of our Nurse and Faculty Innovators (or future Nurse Innovators and our Nursing Students) as follows:

Please note that new content for Nursing Innovation Week will be added as details become available.

Schedule Overview


Monday 2/5

7:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Innovation Week Kick-off - Bagel Breakfast for Faculty & Students, HiiP Swag Give-Away & Launch of #IamaNurseInnovator Contest for Students

Nursing Building 2 - Lobby

Monday 2/5

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

UMSN Nursing Faculty Innovator Showcase

-To include recognition of some of our own UMSN Faculty Innovators

Nursing Building 2 - Room 1000

Attend via Zoom

Passcode: UMSN
(If remote and not attending Showcase)

Tuesday 2/6

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Inaugural Nursing Innovation Conference

Note:  for information about receiving nursing continuing professional development contact hours, contact Dorothy Nagle at dorothyn@med.umich.edu or Rhonda Schoville at rhondas@umich.edu

Nursing Building 2 - Room 1250

Tuesday 2/6

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Inspiring Innovation Ecosystems: Galvanizing the Nurse Innovator

Nursing Building 2 - Room 1250

Attend via Zoom

Passcode: UMSN
(If remote and not attending conference)

Tuesday 2/6

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Nursing Innovation Resource Fair

(Note:  This is being held as part of the Conference but is also a stand-alone event for those who just want to attend the Resource Fair)

Nursing Building 2 - Room 1240

Wednesday 2/7

7:00 p.m.

HiiP Student Innovation Ambassadors Nursing Innovation Speaker Presentation. 
Molly McCarthy, MBA, RN-BC and Global Go-to-Market Excellence Leader for Enterprise Informatics at Phillips and former CNO at Microsoft.

This is a remote only event via Zoom

Attend via Zoom


Thursday 2/8

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

HiiP Innovation Advisory Board Meeting

(Invitees only)

Building 1

Thursday 2/8

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

HiiP Open House – to share our new HiiP office space with the UMSN community

Building 1 - Room 2240

Friday 2/9Launch of New Inspire ∙ Invent ∙ Impact Nursing Innovation Podcasts from HiiP Staff & Our Student Innovation Ambassadors on intellectual property and commercialization of innovations

Podcasts will be posted to the HiiP Webinars & Podcast web page

Monday, February 5th 


(NURSING BUILDING 2 - LOBBY - 7:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.)

  • We invite students and faculty to stop by and grab a bagel and some HiiP swag to start your day or fuel your afternoon.
  • We will also be launching the “#IamaNurseInnovator” contest for students which will run through the week.  More to come.


(NURSING BUILDING 2 - Room 1000 - 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.)

Attend via Zoom (If remote and not attending to watch the Showcase on Zoom on campus) Passcode: UMSN

  • Tune in and learn about some of the exciting, and important, innovations that have been launched, or are being worked on, by our very own faculty researchers and clinicians.  The projects are wide-ranging in scope and we know you’ll be inspired from their stories.  Open to faculty and students.
  • Some of the nurses being featured in this showcase, and their innovations, include the following, with more being added all the time.

Nurse Faculty Innovator


Julia Seng

Survivor Mom’s Companion Program/Growing Forward Together

Kevin Joiner

Reducing Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes-Related Stigma Language Provider Training

Deb Lee

SimChat Mobile App

Clayton Shuman


Amanda Blok


Rob Ploutz-Snyder

Comprehensive Opioid Stimulant and Substance Abuse Program Website (Members & Community)

Sara Petzmeier

Breathe: Journeys to Healthy Binding - Graphic novel to promote healthy binding in transmasculine communities

Michelle Munro-Kramer

Human Trafficking Collaborative Website & Educational Module

Lenette Jones


Patricia Hershberger

TELL Tool (Tool to Empower Parental Disclosure)

Note:  Innovator Showcase Innovators and innovations not finalized yet.

Tuesday, February 6th


(NURSING BUILDING 2 - ROOM 1250 – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

  • Please join us for our inaugural full-day Nursing Innovation Conference.  The day promises to be informative and address many knowledge gaps that we know our Faculty Innovators and nursing students have voiced to us in our innovation surveys.  The line-up includes professionals and peers who work in, or have ventured into, the nursing innovation arena and who are enthusiastic to share their insights and hard-won lessons on these entrepreneurial journeys.
    • University of Michigan Health Nursing Professional Development & Education is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

      6.0  Nursing contact hours will be provided

  • The conference sessions include the following speakers:




Inspiring Innovation Ecosystems: Galvanizing the Nurse Innovator

Olivia Lemberger, PhD, RN, CHSE, NPD-BC – Innovation Design Strategist for the American Nursing Association Innovation Enterprise

9:15 am – 10:15 am

Attend via Zoom

Passcode: UMSN

(If remote and not attending conference)

Nursing Innovation Lessons Learned


  • Innovator-Clayton Shuman, PhD, MSN, RN – Creator of ArtSpective™ innovation
  • Ann Fitzsimons, MBA, BS – Innovation Portfolio Manager & Engagement Specialist, UMSN Healthcare Innovation Impact Program (HiiP)
  • Julia Cooney, MBA, BSN -  Healthcare Executive & Consultant
  • Dave Repp, MBA, MS, BS - Director of Ventures & Managing Director of Accelerate Blue Fund U-M Innovation Partnerships


10:15 am – 11:15 am

An Introduction to Socially Engaged Design for Innovation

Lawryn Fellwock, MA  -  Student Engagement Program Coordinator for the Center for Socially Engaged Design (CSED)


11:30 am-12:00 pm

Innovation Challenges & How to Overcome Them

  • Julia Seng, PhD, CNM, FAAN – Professor Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership; President and CEO of Growing Forward Together; and Co-Creator of the Survivor Moms’ Companion
  • Margarita Hernandez, PhD -  Vice President of Entrepreneurial Services, Ann Arbor SPARK
  • MJ Cartwright, MBA, BSEE – Mentor-in-Residence Innovation Partnerships


12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

The Need for Nursing Student Innovation Education & Experiences


  • Barbara Medvec, DNP, RN, NEA-BC –  Program Lead of the Leadership, Analytics and  Innovation Masters of Nursing Program at UMSN
  • Rhonda Schoville, PhD, MSBA, RN – Director of the Healthcare Innovation Impact Program at UMSN (HiiP); and Director of the Nurse Executive Fellow Academy (NEFA)
  • Linda DiClemente, DNP, BA, RN - Director of Undergraduate Program Nursing Specialties Education Undergraduate Studies Program
  • Colby Anderson, MSN, RN-BC - UMSN Adjunct Faculty/Former UMSN student


1:45 pm – 2: 45 pm

Resource & Networking Fair

  • Variety of innovation and entrepreneurial resource partners from across U-M campus available to share more about their services for faculty and students

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Choices of Different Innovation Pathways

  • Drew Bennett, MBA, BS – Director of Software, Content Licensing and Research Partnerships Innovation Partnerships
  • Tina Suntres, Hon. B.SC., MSc, MBA – Assistant Director, Software, Content Licensing and Research Partnerships at Innovation Partnerships


3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

UMSN Faculty Innovator of the Year Award Presentation

HiiP will be announcing our first ever UMSN Faculty Innovation Award to recognize the impactful work of a faculty member in the nursing innovation space

4:45 pm



(NURSING BUILDING 2 - ROOM 1240 – 3:45 P.M. – 4:45 P.M.)

Come visit representatives from across campus who provide innovation support and resources to faculty and/or students.  Representatives from the following organizations will be available to talk more about how they can help faculty and students with their innovation and entrepreneurial resources*:

  • Business + Impact (Ross School of Business)
  • Zell Lurie Institute
  • Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI)
  • Center for Socially Engaged Design (CSED)
  • Business + Tech (Ross School of Business)
  • Innovation Partnerships
  • Healthcare Innovation Impact Program (HiiP)
  • Stamps School of Art & Design
  • School of Information
  • Zell Lurie Entrepreneurship Law Clinic
  • Center for Academic Innovation

  • I-Corps/Great Lakes Region

  • Ann Arbor SPARK

  • UMSN Graduate Program Admissions

*More potentially to be added

Wednesday, February 7th


(WEDNESDAY 2/7 7:00 PM.)

Attend via Zoom


  • The HiiP Student Innovation Ambassadors are pleased to present a talk entitled, The Smart Care Team: Nurse Led Transformation and Innovation, by Molly McCarthy, MBA, RN-BC, the current Global Go-to-Market Excellence Leader for Enterprise Informatics at Phillips and former US Chief Nursing Officer at Microsoft.
  • This speaker is a seasoned executive who knows how to harness the power of IT to positively transform health so students and faculty alike are invited to hear her speak.

Thursday, February 8th


  • This is an invite only event for a core group of interdisciplinary professionals who provide guidance and counsel to HiiP as we continue to map out the school’s, HiiP’s, and our innovators'—faculty and students—paths forward in the field of nursing innovation.


(11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M., BUILDING 1, ROOM 2240)

  • We welcome you to come visit HiiP’s new home in Building 1 Room 2240 and grab a sweet treat.  Drop in any time from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm to see our new space for faculty and students to gather in to brainstorm, innovate, check out resources, meet to talk about their projects…whatever is needed.  Welcome home Nursing Innovators!

Friday, February 9th

  • To close our Nursing Innovation Week, HiiP will be launching the next two podcasts in our Inspire ∙ Invent ∙ Impact Nursing Innovation podcast series. These next two podcasts will focus on intellectual property and commercialization. The  faculty podcast will be with Tina Suntres from Innovation Partnerships.  The Student Views podcast, conducted by two of our Innovation Ambassadors, will be with Julia Seng, co-creator of Survivor Mom’s Companion, on her journey through ip and commercialization issues to launching this program to the marketplace.
  • These podcasts will be posted on the HiiP Innovation Webinars & Podcasts webpage



  • Rhonda Schoville – Director of the Healthcare Innovation Impact Program (HiiP)
  • Ann Fitzsimons – Portfolio Manager & Engagement Specialist HiiP
  • Michelle Munro-Kramer – Faculty Lead for Student Engagement/Student Ambassadors for HiiP
  • Christine McKean - Marketing & Communications
  • Michelle Pineau – Administrative Assistant
  • Becky Williams – PhD Student Representative/Student Innovation Ambassador
  • Colby Anderson –UMSN Alumni/Adjunct Faculty
  • Linnea Brunvand – Student Innovation Ambassador
  • Hannah Slawson – Student Innovation Ambassador
  • Virginia Mundy – Student Innovation Ambassador
  • Sarah Eidt – Student Innovation Ambassador
  • Dorothy Nagle - Educational Nurse Specialist and Accredited Provider Program Director