The 6th Annual Nursing Innovation Summit will:

  • Foster a culture of innovation
  • Provide education on cultivation of ideas
  • Challenge assumptions
  • Provide resources to create solutions
  • Highlight successful invention experiences

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Marriott Cleveland East
26300 Harvard Road
Warrensville Heights, OH 44122
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Marriott Cleveland East
26300 Harvard Road
Warrensville Heights, OH 44122
Phone Number: 216.378.9191
Conference Rate: $129.00

Faculty, Agenda & Accreditation

Faculty, Agenda & Accreditation

Keynote Speaker

Michael Ackerman DNS, RN, CENP, FCCM, FNAP, FAANP

Morning Keynote: Michael Ackerman, DNS, RN, CENP, FCCM, FNAP, FAANP
Michael Ackerman is currently the Director of the Master in Healthcare Innovation Program and Professor of Clinical Nursing at The Ohio State University. Mike has held just about every role in nursing a nurse can hold, including Candy Striper to Senior Director. His entire career has been in the critical care arena from staff nurse, nurse manager, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner and most recently Senior Director of Nursing. He has over 50 publications as well as several funded studies. In addition, he has held leadership roles in a number of academic settings. Mike has a passion for critical care nursing as well as innovation. He also has a passion for the “Crucial Conversations” program which he has implemented in two of his recent institutions. This implementation has been a catalyst in much of Mike’s work in the area of culture change. Mike is a disruptive innovator, a skilled clinician, avid researcher, motivational speaker and caring leader. Leading from the bedside has been a consistent theme in Mike’s career.

Roberta Ness, MD, MPH, Rockwell Professor of Public Health at the University of Texas

Afternoon Keynote: Roberta Ness, MD, MPH, Rockwell Professor of Public Health at the University of Texas
Roberta B. Ness, MD, MPH, Rockwell Professor of Public Health at the University of Texas, has been called one of America’s foremost experts in innovative thinking. Dr. Ness has given two TED talks and was featured on the Bill Nye show - Star Talk Radio. In almost 400 publications and over three dozen federally funded grants, Dr. Ness has discovered causes and established best prevention and treatment approaches for diseases from cancer, to pregnancy complications, to cardiovascular disease. A recognized expert in medicine and public health, Dr. Ness is former dean of The University of Texas School of Public Health, one of the largest such Schools in the nation.

Dr. Ness’s international acclaim is demonstrated by membership in the most esteemed professional society in the U.S., the National Academies of Science, as well as other prestigious honorary societies. Dr. Ness’s insights as a scientist and administrator have put her in a unique position to imagine and prove the usefulness of techniques to improve creativity both personal and organizational.


Sarah Collins, RN, PhD

Sarah Collins, RN, PhD
Sarah Collins, RN, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Nursing at Columbia University. Her research is focused on identifying and intervening on patient risk for harm by applying computational tools to mine and extract value from electronic health record (EHR) data and leveraging user-centered design for patient-centered technologies. Previously she was a Senior Informatician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Collins, an experienced critical care nurse, was selected as one of MedTech Boston’s 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators in 2017 and serves on the Board of Directors for AMIA.

Jonathan Morgan

Jonathan Morgan
Jonathan Morgan is the Director of Emerging Experiences for Balance Inc., a product design and strategic innovation consultancy located in Cleveland, Ohio. With nearly 20 years of experience in technology and human-centered design, Jonathan specializes in uncovering and capitalizing on opportunities for innovation. He has worked with some of the world’s most iconic brands including Cleveland Clinic Innovations, IBM, Samsung, Panasonic, Moen and Adobe.

Wayne Nix, RN, RRT

Wayne Nix, MBA, RN, RRT
Wayne Nix is on a mission. A veteran of both the Army and 20 years of healthcare, he holds active licensure as an RN and RRT. Wayne's mission is to help other nurses see themselves as entrepreneurs. Since starting his company RNvention with his wife Dawn (also a nurse) in 2015, Wayne has gotten one patent, two trademarks and three hundred thousand dollars in venture capital funding. Wayne's first product, The MultiNix Tool, now on the market, is a nursing multi-tool used to save critical time and money on hospital floors worldwide. Wayne also signed a collaborative agreement with Louisiana State University Health Shreveport to spin off technology using photogrammetry to scan premature neonates to create custom fitting cannulas for neonatal and pediatric patients. He was recently selected as one of 3 candidates to pitch for the Small Business Innovation Roadshow on April 19th at the Pennington Biomedical Center In Baton Rouge.

Joseph Novello, BSN, RN

Joseph Novello, BSN, RN
Joe Novello is the Founder and CEO of NurseGrid, a company creating top-rated scheduling and staffing tools for nurses. He founded the company in 2013 based on his core belief that healthcare systems and healthcare providers should have the 21st century tools that allow them be efficient and effective. Today, over half a million nurses use the mobile app and thousands of hospital departments use the NurseGrid Manager platform.

Joe has a BSN-RN and has worked in and around hospitals for the past 17 years. Over the last 10 years he has built, launched, grown, and advised startups and young organizations, and has sat on three corporate and non-profit boards of directors

Tim Raderstorf, MSN, RN

Tim Raderstorf, MSN, RN
Tim Raderstorf is the Chief Innovation Officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. As the first nurse to hold this academic title in the United States, he takes great pride in educating the nation on the role of the nurse as an innovator and entrepreneur. In 2017, he founded The Innovation Studio, a makerspace/incubator that provides interprofessional healthcare teams with the tools and mentorship needed to turn ideas into actions. Outside of Ohio State, Tim is the founder of Quality Health Communications, a digital Clinical Decision Support System that communicates real-time patient quality and safety metrics to the healthcare team. He is also the co-author of Evidence-Based Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nursing and Healthcare: A Practical Guide for Success, which will be published by Springer Publishing Company in 2019.

Richard Wesorick, BSM, JD

Richard Wesorick, BSM, JD, Esquire
Mr. Wesorick’s practice is focused on drafting, filing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, as well as client counseling particularly in matters of patent strategy. His primary area of patent practice is medical devices, but he also practices in other areas of the medical field such as biotechnology and imaging. In addition, he is very active in working with start-up companies and advising them through early stage investment and commercialization.

Richard also engages in drafting and negotiating licenses for his some of his clients. He is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property and commercialization topics for his clients, local universities, and local and national organizations; and is also adjunct faculty at the Case Western University School of Law. Richard graduated from Purdue University in 1988 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Before entering law school at the University of Dayton in 1992, he worked as an engineer with G.E. Aircraft Engines, during which time he became an inventor of a U.S. Patent (No. 5,178,003). Richard has practiced intellectual property law with the Tarolli firm since 1995, and became Managing Partner in 2006.


  Conference Agenda
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. Continental breakfast
8 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. Welcome
8:10 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. Opening remarks
K. Kelly Hancock, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Executive Chief Nursing Officer of Cleveland Clinic
Tom Mihaljevic, MD, Chief Executive Officer and President of Cleveland Clinic
8:40 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Morning Keynote - Innovation-based practice
9:50 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. Break and Raffle
10:05 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. From Problem to Solution:
Inspiring nurses to innovate

Wayne Nix, MBA, RN, RRT (RNVention)

The business of launching innovations
Joseph Novello, BSN, RN (Nurse Grid)
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Inventor Is In
Panel discussion
12:15 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. Lunch and Raffle
1:05 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. Interactive Session - The Boat Challenge
Tim Raderstorf, MSN, RN
1:35 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Keynote - Can innovation be taught?
Roberta Ness, MD, MPH
2:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. Break and Raffle
3 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Panel Discussion: Ask the Experts
Your questions answered
4:10 p.m. - 4:25 p.m. Key Points of the Day and Raffle Prizes
4:25 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adjourn


Cleveland Clinic Enterprise is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Nursing contact hours will be awarded. Cleveland Clinic Enterprise is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.



  • Early registration deadline is October 1, 2018
  • Fee includes refreshments, lunch and CE
  • For any questions, please contact Lee Anne Siegmund, PhD, RN at siegmul@ccf.org
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  • Conference Fees Rates Before October 1, 2018 Rates after October 1, 2018
    Cleveland Clinic Employee $70.00 $70.00
    Non-Cleveland Clinic Employee $249.00 $269.00
    Group discount (6 or more registrations from the same facility) $229.00 $259.00
Exhibitors & Vendors

Exhibitors & Vendors

We welcome exhibitors at the Nursing Innovation Summit. There are a variety of options for vendors, exhibitors, and sponsors. For details contact Lee Anne Siegmund, PhD, RN at siegmul@ccf.org