Marion Leary will become Penn Nursing's first-ever Director of Innovation in an effort to promote innovative nursing technologies and practices.
Leary assumed the position Feb. 1 after working part-time as an innovation specialist in the Office of Nursing Research.
Leary’s work will focus on curriculum and programming to promote entrepreneurship and design-oriented strategy. According to Leary, her first steps as Director will involve organizing a nursing story slam event and a nursing innovation podcast. “[This programing will] teach nurses how to take their innovation to the next level and use different methodologies,” Leary said.
Leary currently teaches an interdisciplinary course called Innovation in Health: Foundations of Design Thinking open to both graduate and undergraduate students across Penn. According to Leary, the course recognizes that innovation involves people from many backgrounds. “Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation, neither does health care,” Leary said.
Leary is a member of the Penn Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, serves on the Executive Board of the Penn Health Tech Committee, and has worked as a researcher at the Penn Center for Resuscitation Science.