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Teamwork: An Essential for Leading and Launching Innovation

Davis, Patricia D. DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CNL; Marshall, David R. JD, DNP, RN, CENP, NEA-BC

doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000046
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Teamwork and innovation require a merging of special skills sets to produce the best outcomes. Collaboration and innovation have become core competencies for effectiveness in every industry. The capacity to collaborate and innovate has never been more important, especially in health care, with the regulatory and quality mandates to evaluate every aspect of service to ensure that we add value for patients and families. The examination of teamwork and innovation, which are inextricably linked, are described and discussed. The art of building teams, steps for leading change, and an approach to innovation in health care are described. The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, shares one approach and experience called Innovation Forerunners—nurses from all levels and areas—to embed the tools and concepts of teamwork and innovation across patient care areas.

Nursing and Patient Care Services, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

Correspondence: Patricia D. Davis, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CNL, Nursing and Patient Care Services, University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77555 (

The authors acknowledge the expertise and contributions of Drs Jack Gilbert, Kathy Malloch, Timothy Porter-O'Grady, Barbara Balik, Stanley Watowich, Suzanne Tomlinson, and the fellows of the ASU/AONE Transdisciplinary Innovation Fellowship for their inspiration, expertise, guidance, and direction in approaches to innovation.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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