Nurse Innovator Works to Improve Patient Safety
After a nearly 20-year nursing career, Patricia (Tricia) Cady, RN, ADN, BSN, decided to return to school to pursue her BSN at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing, where she observed a long-standing problem with extubations in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). To help address this issue, Tricia developed the idea for the Cady Hug, a flexible vest that helps protect neonates from accidental extubations while keeping them comfortable and their tubes accessible for their care providers.
We spoke with Tricia about her experience as a nurse and nursing student, her invention, and her advice for fellow nurses with innovative ideas.
To learn more about UVA’s RN to BSN program and the opportunities to continue a nursing education, visit the UVA School of Nursing website here. Additionally, listen to Tricia share more about her innovation journey and the steps she’s taking to bring her invention to life in our Nursing Notes Live podcast.