January 29, 2018
About 150 students, faculty, alumni and other health care practitioners, including nine online, attended the inaugural Feierstein Lecture hosted by the Langston Center last week. The lecture, titled “Innovation: Galvanizing the Advancement of Nursing Image and Practice” was presented by Michael Bleich, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, president and CEO of NursDynamics, LLC.
Bleich has held clinical, consultative, service, academic, and association leadership positions and is currently serving part time as a visiting professor at the VCU School of Nursing for one year. A recognized scholar and thought leader, he has addressed national and international audiences that include nurses, executives, governance bodies, associations, and the media. Among his many contributions important to the advancement of the discipline is his engagement as one of the five nurses on the committee that wrote the seminal report, “The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health,” issued through the Institute of Medicine.
In his talk, Bleich encouraged the audience to remain curious and through innovation make the impossible possible. He shared several examples of nurses and others who did just that by “solving for one and then applying to many.”
The audience also learned about resources to promote innovation at VCU including the DaVinci Center (http://www.davincicenter.vcu.edu/) and VCU’s 2nd HealthHacks hack-a-thon event November 11-12, 2017. This is a 24-hour team competition for developing new products, services or technology geared towards improving health care and patient experiences. For more information go to: http://healthhacks.vcu.edu/and contact Genevieve Beaird (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested and want to get a team together from the School of Nursing.
The lecture was made possible by the Feierstein Leadership and Innovation Fund from VCU School of Nursing alumna Lisa Feierstein, M.B.A., RN, (B.S. ’78/N) and Steve Feierstein. The fund aims to provide a lecture series and other activities to enable nurses to lead innovations that improve health care. Several in the audience were able to speak with the couple about their own path in innovation through their company Active Healthcare in Raleigh, North Carolina.