Nurse Product Development and Entrepreneurship with Wayne Nix: Ep 16

Nurses are amazing, this fact is well known! But those nurses embracing entrepreneurship and developing new products to push healthcare forward tend to stand out even more. Our guest this week, Wayne Nix, just happens to be one of those nurses that truly shines in the healthcare community. He was able to join Nurse Keith to discuss the importance of nurse product development and entrepreneurship!

Wayne holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and degrees in Nursing, Cardiopulmonary and Respiratory Therapy. He maintains active licensure as an RN and RRT and possesses 20+ years of medical experience and is a veteran of Louisiana Army National Guard. He’s also the President of RNvention, which serves to inspire, educate, and be a resource for clinicians who want to develop solutions to the challenges we face in the delivery of healthcare.

What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • That nurses have so many marketable ideas for making bedside (and non-bedside) nursing more efficient.
  • That intellectual property (IP) is something to be keenly aware of when you come up with an idea for a product or service, either as an entrepreneur or the employee of a facility or healthcare organization..
  • That innovation takes the knowledge that something is possible and that you take a leap of faith based on your passion and intellect.
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. .
  • Plus so much more!

Featured on the Show:

Fast Facts for RNvention

RNvention was formed in order to “inspire, educate and serve as a resource for clinicians who want to develop and commercialize solutions to the daily challenges we face in the delivery of healthcare.”

Wayne and Dawn Nix, married registered nurses, co-founded the company from their personal need in 2015. As nurses, they know the frontlines of healthcare are ripe with creative solutions just waiting to be explored.

RNvention aims to “become a crucial aspect in the translation of business concepts and terms to those in fields of science. As well as help to innovate and spin-off technologies into viable markets.”

Wayne and Dawn aren’t just reading about innovation from books either, they’re actively pursuing it. For the last four years, they have prototyped, raised funds for, and launched, their first product… The MultiNix Tool™ The tool is the first multi-purpose tool developed and designed specifically for frontline nurses. This patent pending multi-functional capabilities of the MultiNix free the nurse from “hunting and gathering” tools required to perform optimum patient care, yielding “the ability to improve efficiency, clinical outcomes and increase customer satisfaction.”

Nursing Organization of the Week: Society of Trauma Nurses

Nursing isn’t just about providing care, it’s also about the community. Nurses who work together help drive the field forward and provide support, encouragement, and so much more for nurses all over the world. With that in mind, we here at the Mastering Nursing podcast want to highlight and recognize those that are doing a particularly great job of it.

We seek nominations from our listeners and other passionate nurses, and then decide on award winners each episode. If you have any nursing organization you think should be highlighted, don’t hesitate to reach out via e-mail (or social media message) and let us know!

This week, we’re recognizing a slightly different kind of nursing organization, The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (or TAANA).

TAANA members practice in private law practice, in academia, as litigators and defense attorneys, as legal counsel for healthcare entities, and in health care compliance among other settings.

TAANA was Founded in 1977, by the late Cynthia E. Northrop, then an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Ms. Northrop placed notices in various publications requesting the nurse attorneys or nurses in law school identify themselves. At about the same time, other nurse attorneys in San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City undertook similar efforts.
From there, on August 30th 1982 the group incorproated in D.C. as The American Association of Nutse Attorneys. The rest, as they say, is history.
Their aims are fourfold. They aim to:

  • Promote and enhance TAANA and the profession of the nurse attorney.
  • Provide educational programs, products and services to members, chapters and the public.
  • Facilitate communication, collaboration and leadership among members.
  • Serve as a resource for the healthcare and legal communities.

Needless to say, it’s important work, so many congrats to them on their selection. And if you’d like to learn more you can connect with them online on Facebook.

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