The University of Iowa College of Nursing has a strong history of innovative leadership. Our research and foresight has transcended into pioneering patient centered-care innovations to improve health care in the state of Iowa, nationally, and throughout the world.

Our ground-breaking nursing innovations include:

  • Patient Care Interventions
  • Care Delivery Models
  • Transformational Processes to Improve Care
  • Advanced Research & Translational Methods
  • Communication Methods & Collaborations
  • Harnessing of Technology and Data
  • Development of Teaching Methods
  • Design of Role Transitions

Our impacts:

  • Recognized leaders in innovations
  • Health systems improvement solutions
  • Improved care across the lifespan
  • Increase access to care
  • Excellence in nursing education and research

Our innovations are being used in:

  • Acute care
  • Academic Curriculum
  • Mental Health
  • Primary care
  • Specialty clinics
  • Gerontology care across the continuum
  • Pain management across the life span 


Purpose: To generate knowledge for innovativeness in practice and academia

Definition of Innovation: A new mindset in a different context to enable creative linkages that will generate a solution or adaptation to a practice problem (UI Innovation SIG, 2015; Joseph & Huber, 2015).

Membership: University of Iowa College of Nursing and University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

2017 Innovation SIG Outcomes:

  • A Typology for Health Care Innovations
  • A Conceptual Model for Nursing Innovations

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*Meetings: Second Tuesday of every month, 9-10 a.m.

From care delivery models and patient care intervention to research & translational methods, Innovations at Iowa strives to provide a pathway for health care excellence. The following resources help identify innovations in both academia and practice:

UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

UI Research Park 

International Council of Nurses (ICN)