The power of professional development and support for nurse innovators.

Published May 17 2021 08:10 AM 894 Views
Microsoft

Claire Bonaci 

You're watching the Microsoft us health and life sciences, confessions of health geeks podcast, a show that offers Industry Insight from the health geeks and data freaks of the US health and life sciences industry team. I'm your host Claire Bonaci. As part of our 2021 nurses week series today guest host Kelly Robke, our chief nursing officer talks with Jennifferr Mancillas, on how more nurses can be at the forefront of creating new innovations in health care.

 

Kelly Robke 

Welcome to the podcast everyone Today I'm super excited to have Jennifrerre Mancillas with us. She's a visionary, innovative RN, and has done a lot of exciting things. So I'm super, super privileged to have her here with us today. And to hear a little bit about her nursing journey. So without further ado, Jennifferre, tell us a little bit about yourself.

 

Jennifferre Mancillas 

Thank you so much for having me Kelly it's an honor to be here and kind of share my story with you. But I am a neonatal ICU nurse at a Valley Children's Health Care in Madera, California so Central California. And I've been a nurse now for about nine-ish years. But love what I do and I landed neonatal just because it's always been a really special part of my heart what I've wanted to do, my sister was a patient once upon a time up at Valley Children's Health Care, and she was born with a cardiac defect. And so we have really strong ties to this children hospital that happens to be right in our backyard, so grateful for them. My sister did end up passing away, but we were always super grateful for the fact that we had the Children's Hospital so close to where we lived. And we it just full circle to be able to care for the same patients or as patients who have a similar story to hers. So love the NiCU, love the babies and really blessed to be where I am. As far as my nursing journey to nursing school, I started out with just an an adn degree, and got a job working with adults and then ended up in the neonatal world and worked with my BSN. And I'm currently in a dual degree program for my Masters to get my MSN and leadership within healthcare systems and my MBA. So really excited about and fulfilling my academic goals you'd say along this journey with my entrepreneurial endeavors. So it's a busy time, but I love it.

 

Kelly Robke 

Well, I'm so excited to hear you share all of that great information. First and foremost, I think we've talked about it before. But perinatal, neonatal health is very close, near and dear to my heart. That's where I started out on the labor and delivery high risk obstetrics side. And I know from working in that realm, that there's a lot of opportunity for innovation. There's a lot of inspiring work that goes on. And it really can leave an impression on you as a nurse starting your career or entering into the profession. But it's also a super cool opportunity to really get to know not only your patients, but also the family because it's such a key essential part. And shout out to you for going back to school. That's super impressive. My sister just completed her adn as her second career she went back for school. So we watched her graduation ceremony virtually this this weekend. And we're super excited to have her enter the profession as well. So I appreciate you sharing your journey and good luck with you on your educational endeavors so important to position nurses as thought leaders but also as executives and and entrepreneurs within healthcare given all of the transformation that's occurring today. So let's jump right into it. I want to just acknowledge that this week is nurses week. And we're super excited about that here at Microsoft. And we know that nurses are always creating solutions on the fly like we were just talking about specific to perinatal, neonatal, but in all areas of care that we work in across the healthcare continuum. Why do you think nurses make good innovators

 

Jennifferre Mancillas 

I think that's so accurate nurses are phenomenal at coming up with real time solutions for the challenges that we face at the bedside. And I believe that that's attributed in large part to the fact that we're natural empathizers we can understand a problem intimately and are capable of connecting the dots and recognizing how that problem impacts our patients and the care we're able to deliver. And because of that super hot power, that ability to empathize with our patients that really leads us to quickly define the problem. And then ideate implement solutions, but it's always an amazing to me that nurses have been innovating since the beginning of the profession. But it's only really recently that we're naming these clever work arounds as innovation. And but we should have been right. And I'm just so grateful that we're able to sit here and have these conversations that really amplify the value that nurses bring to healthcare innovation, as I believe that as we continue to acknowledge and recognize and encourage nurse led innovation, that the future of healthcare will benefit from it. I think that's I'm looking forward to to really watching that unfold and being able to be a small part of that story. As a champion for other nurse innovators.

 

Kelly Robke 

Absolutely right on, you know, you're talking my language here, kindred spirits, I, I want to just kind of shift because I want to spotlight what you've done, beyond your bedside endeavors. And you are the co founder and COO of Lumify care. And I've been hearing so much about Lumify care in the news, I think you may have just won yet another award. But I wanted to ask you to take some time to explain how you had the idea for Lumify and how you and your colleagues created it. And did you are you involving others beyond nursing in the creation of the product and the solution?

 

Jennifferre Mancillas 

Yes, I am co founder COO for lumify care, along with my amazing co founder Anthony scarpone-lambert would love to share a little bit of that story with you. lumify care was actually inspired from a problem that was presented at a hackathon back in 2019. And fall 2019. And my co founder and I were able to kind of take that excitement and momentum that you often find at a hackathon, and move forward to create Lumify care, which is a nurse led startup focused on improving patient experience by providing innovative tools and resources to support frontline health care workers. And the premise for that mission really was that as nurses, we realize that even though hospitals are where you go to heal and recover, that most oftentimes, it's difficult to do that comfortably. And if you or a loved one have ever been in a hospital, you can testify to the fact that it's too loud, it's too bright, there's too many interruptions, but sleep is elusive. But in tandem we're also very aware that frontline health care workers often feel under supported and when we knew that we could do better for our patients and better for each other. So we really set out to work and we spoke with over 1000 nurses and surveyed over 250 more to uncover pain points felt at the bedside. And one that was the most prevalent or stuck out to us the most was that 87% of nurses reported that they struggle to see when providing care to patients in low light or dark environments. And that really resonated to us as being truth because currently we're using penlight or our cell phones or flashlights to illuminate a space. And we knew that we could do better. So we created the nightlight. It's a hands free, wearable led device made specifically for frontline healthcare workers, for nurses, by nurses. And we've been able to optimize the ability frontline healthcare workers to illuminate their workspace in a manner that decreases patient's sleep disturbances on an average of 70%. And so we're not really reinventing the wheel per se, but just reimagining it. And I think lumify care is a great example of how simple and small innovation can lead to impactful change. And we're just super grateful to be able to find a solution to a problem that's felt by both patients and healthcare workers across the globe.

 

Kelly Robke 

That's awesome. And I'm sitting here just relating to everything you're saying. Because having been a patient and in a hospital inpatient, you don't get any rest between the alarms, the interruptions, you might be having comfort issues. And then when you finally do get to sleep, someone comes in and they're either turning on the light, which is very alarming, or they're struggling. And when you said hands free, I kind of did a silent applause. Because we already need more than two hands in nursing. So having the ability to have light, have minimal interruption allow the patient to get the rest that they need in order to to heal and recover is so essential. There aren't many pathways right now for nurses to bring their ideas or their work arounds. A lot of us know them as work arounds from inception all the way to completion, meaning you're ideating you're developing, you're choosing the best option from multiple scenarios you're implementing, you're educating and getting it commercialized. That's quite a pathway. I'm interested in how you encourage and make more of innovation actionable for nurses and what would you suggest in terms of how do we become a bigger part of innovations or even lead like you're doing the creation of new solutions, what suggestions do you have for our audience?

 

Jennifferre Mancillas 

Absolutely. I think that there are three, three kind of takeaways to answer that question. I mean, the first is, I think it's really important to create a culture within an organization that values newness, but also provides a level of psychological safety or freedom, if you will, to bring those ideas and bring those ideas forward. That's really important because in general, people who feel that their contributions are recognized and supported are automatically in line to feel more engaged. So having an environment that really fosters that mentality is a catalyst for nurses to push their idea forward. But additionally, I think this might be more nurse centric advice. But equally important to reinforce the truth that innovation becomes tangible when you are able to build relationships with others along the way along your journey. So for example, if there's a nurse, who's working within an organization, and they have an amazing idea for a new teaching tool. Next steps would look like determining who in your organization is responsible for disseminating new educational material, and connecting with them to discern what the process is and get feedback on your idea and learn what maybe next steps for implementation or trial would be. And it's those sorts of connections that are able to give an idea momentum and that feeling is really rewarding can often spark action and engagement to continue to innovate for that particular nurse. But when speaking of relationship building, I think it's also important to highlight how important community is to encourage nursing innovation among other nurses. And I know Johnson and Johnson has done a really fantastic job of pouring into the profession by means of I'm creating the nurse innovation fellowship, which I am honored to be a part of the quickfire challenge is the collaboration with Microsoft for the nurse, hack for health. All of those different components really can encourage and elicit more nurses participating and being a part of that innovation process. In organizations like Sonseil for the society of nurse scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders, I think that is another great resource for nurses looking for a community that will support and kind of help them guide through the innovation process, because it's not one size fits all, depending upon what your idea is. But as a nurse, innovator myself within my own organization, and while building lumify care, these communities and supporters and mentors have been invaluable instrumental in helping determine what next steps are or providing resources. And I feel like I'm pouring into these programs and these sorts of organizations that allow nurses to plug in and connect is a fantastic way to encourage nurses to continue to lead new solutions and create an idea and bring it to fruition.

 

Kelly Robke 

That's amazing. Thanks for walking us through that, Jennifer. I'd like to just give a shout out to the nursing hack for health that's coming up may 14 thru 16th. Like you previously mentioned, Jennifer, we've been talking a lot leading up to nurses week and the hack this year, but it's always a pleasure to talk to you and learn about the new things happening with lumify care, keep on keeping on doing that good work. We're so appreciative of everything you bring to the table as a care provider and as an innovator and as a leader.

 

Jennifferre Mancillas 

Oh, thank you so much for having me. It's a pleasure to be here.

 

Claire Bonaci 

Thank you all for watching. Please feel free to leave us questions or comments below and check back soon for more content from the HLS industry team.

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