Nurses are inherently innovators; and are perfectly suited to bring practical solutions to improve healthcare.
Olivia graduated with a BSN from Marquette University in 1997 and then joined the Peace Corps to serve as a health service volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. Olivia’s time in Guinea initiated an appreciation for innovation and created an opportunity to learn how to practice nursing with limited resources. Over the past twenty-two years she has worked as a nurse in Neurosurgical and Emergency Departments. She completed her MSN with a focus on nursing education at Lewis University where she has taught health assessment, nursing foundations, and health promotion as adjunct faculty. In July of 2017, she delivered a presentation on Global Innovation at the 29th International Sigma Theta Tau conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Nursing Innovation is her research focus at Northern Illinois University, where she is pursuing a PhD in Health Sciences. Olivia credits Florence Nightingale as her nursing mentor and enjoys representing nursing during career days at local middle schools to promote the profession of nursing. Currently, Olivia is a clinical nurse educator and simulation coordinator at Rush Copley Medical Center where she is extremely proud to coordinate the mentoring program and the transition to practice program for new graduate nurses.