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  1. Joseph, M. Lindell PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Huber, Diane L. PhD, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC
  3. Bair, Heather DNP, CRNA, ARNP
  4. Moorhead, Sue PhD, RN, FAAN
  5. Hanrahan, Kirsten DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC


OBJECTIVE: The purposes of this project were to identify innovations conceived from nurse faculty at a college of nursing and nurses in an academic medical center, examine their characteristics, and create a typology of nursing innovations.


BACKGROUND: Innovation is a crucial component for progress in healthcare. Jobs to Be Done Theory suggests that to make progress in nursing, workers must be solution focused to answer problems.


METHODS: This qualitative study used directed content analysis to evaluate survey responses of nurses in 1 university's academic and practice setting about solutions or innovations to achieve progress in their jobs.


RESULTS: Fifty-seven examples of situations needing an innovative solution were coded and categorized by challenges to yield an 8 characteristic typology in nursing innovation.


CONCLUSIONS: These findings serve as a guide for nurse executives to understand and leverage how innovations are conceptualized and translated in academia and practice.