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Nurse Inventor Advocates for Leadership and Innovation to Improve Patient Outcomes

As the first nurse to be selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The Lemelson Foundation as an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, Rachel Walker, PhD, RN, is intimately familiar with nurse-driven innovation and the significant impact it has on healthcare. Dr. Walker is a nurse inventor, former rural emergency medical and disaster relief worker, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst College of Nursing, and advocate for nurses as leaders in healthcare innovation and improvement.

We recently spoke with Dr. Walker to learn more about her nursing journey, her innovative ideas, and her thoughts on nurses as leaders, mentors, and inventors.

To learn more about Dr. Walker’s innovative work and research at UMASS Amherst, click here. Additionally, if you have a story of nurse-led innovation, visit to let Johnson & Johnson know how nurses are changing the world and helping to make a difference in the lives of patients.

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