Thank you to all who joined the inaugural Nursing Research and Innovation Day. From the Nurse Innovators, Researchers, and Students Showcase ideas and studies to the inspiring keynotes and illustrations created during the show, it was a day for the ages! Check back on this page regularly, as we will be releasing the event videos in the coming weeks. Thank you in particular to our NRID illustrator Craighton Berman. We invite you to view all of his illustrations by clicking the below link. Enjoy!

Download all of the 2020 NRID Illustrations


We are proud to announce University Hospitals’ Inaugural Nursing Research and Innovation Day.  The first of its kind, our 2020 virtual conference fuses two past events into one, UH Ventures Innovation Day Series and UH Nursing Research Events. This is to celebrate UH nurses and showcase research and innovation in nursing practice, education, and leadership.

In 2019, the World Health Organization deemed 2020 as ‘The Year of the Nurse and Nurse Midwife.’ This demarcation has grown further significance with the implications of COVID-19 on the nursing profession and the incredible resiliency in which nurses in and outside our system exhibit in times of crisis and beyond. This virtual (at least for this year!) conference was founded to showcase and celebrate nurse innovators, researchers, and students, as well as nurse-led and nurse-centered startups, that are making or made an impact in 2020.

The day will feature inspiring keynotes, a ‘Nurse Innovators, Researchers, & Students’ (NIRS) showcase and competition, interactive and actionable How-To’s for Research & Innovation, and announcements for what is to come next for nursing at UH. Stay tuned for further updates on the day over the coming weeks. 


Please register today here for this first-of-its-kind event. Even if you are unable to attend, if you register now, you’ll receive further information on a recording of the event to view following the day.


Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN, FIEL  is a nurse entrepreneur, inventor, author, TedX Speaker and first nurse featured on, and part of the inagural nursing panel featured at SXSW 2018. Rebecca, was the first Director of Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the United States at Northeastern School of Nursing – the founding initiative in the Country designed to empower nurses as innovators and entrepreneurs.

Michael Ackerman, DNS, RN, APRN-BC, FCCM, FNAP,FAANP, FAAN is currently the Director of the Master in Healthcare Innovation Program and Professor of Clinical Nursing at the Ohio State University College of Nursing.  He also maintains a clinical practice as an acute care nurse practitioner at Rochester General Hospital as is the Owner of Ackerman Consulting.


Download Full Agenda Here.

  • 8:00 – 8:05 am: Opening Remarks with Jason Pirtz
  • 8:05 – 8:10 am: Frontline Heroes with Dr. Cliff Megerian
  • 8:10 – 8:35 am: Opening Keynote with Rebecca Love, MSN, RN
  • 8:35 – 8:50 am: Building the Future Workforce Panel
  • 8:50 – 9:50 am: NIRS Showcase
  • 9:50 – 10:05 am: How To: Engage with UH Nursing Research
  • 10:05 – 10:10 am: Resilient Center Intro & Break, brought to you by UH Connor Integrative Health Network
  • 10:10 – 10:45 am: Plug & Play Startup Presentations
  • 10:45 – 10:55 am: How To: Scale your Idea with Innovation &b Design
  • 10:55 – 11:20 am: Closing Keynote with Dr. Michael Ackerman
  • 11:20 – 11:45 am: Closing Remarks & NIRS Showcase Winners


All of this starts with you – and the important research and innovation you’re pursuing in your nursing role at UH.

UH nurses and nursing students at UH are invited to apply to be considered for the Nurse Innovators, Researchers, and Students (NIRS) celebratory showcase, for either research or innovation. Research-oriented submissions should be studies, posters, or publications. Innovation-oriented submissions should be ideas, designs, or prototypes. As innovation and research go hand-in-hand, some submissions will speak to elements of both. 

We are featuring research and innovation projects, ideas, and studies designed for and by nurses and nursing students. Nurses and nursing students in the UH system make a profound impact on patient experience, workplace culture, and truly exemplify the UH Mission Statement: To Empower. To Advocate. To Innovate. A steering committee will determine the final showcase participants. Chosen participants of the showcase will be featured in a 5 to 10 minute segment during the 2020 conference to share their story with a live audience. Final awardees will be honored by members of the UH Nurse Executive Council and receive support to further pursue their project and/or idea. We can’t wait to see your submission!

Ideas, stories, and studies can be submitted which are in any level of development, and do not need to be long, complex or fully developed. All submissions will be reviewed by a steering committee including frontline staff, UH Nurse Executive Council, UH Clinical Research, and UH Ventures.

The NIRS Showcase is now closed.


Below are a few tools that the UH Ventures team created to help your innovation submission stand out from the rest. You can find all of our resources here.

  • UH Ventures Health Voyagers Podcast Series: Caring Through Crisis episode 19. LISTEN
  • UH Ventures Health Voyagers Podcast Series: Caring Through Crisis episode 20. LISTEN
  • UH Ventures Health Voyagers Podcast Series: NRID Preview. LISTEN
  • UH Ventures Innovation Handbooks: Sharing your Idea with UH Ventures. DOWNLOAD
  • UH Nursing Research: Tools and resources for nursing research at UH. VIEW


Need help? Contact one of the following UH Ventures team members or our general email address at

Brittany Merkle, Lead Innovation Strategist, UH Ventures

Patricia Colella, Analyst, UH Ventures


University Hospital Ventures

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