On episode 288 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing career and healthcare podcast, Keith interviews Marion Leary, MSN, MPH, PhD, the Director of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, regarding innovative design thinking, science communication, STEM, and much more.

As the Director of Innovation at Penn Nursing, she works to amplify and educate nurses as leaders in health and healthcare innovation.

Ms. Leary is a member of the American Nurses Association’s Innovation Advisory Committee, a Founding member of the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders (SONSIEL), a member of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Innovation Subcommittee.

In August of 2019 she was named as an Influencer of Healthcare winner in the category of Excellence in Innovation by the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2017, she was named Geek of the Year for her outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community in the areas of innovation, technology, and activism. Like Nurse Keith, she is a featured author in The Rebel Nurse Handbook.

The five steps of design thinking/human-centered design: 

  1. Empathy
  2. Define
  3. Ideate
  4. Prototype
  5. Test

Marion is also the host of Amplify Nursing, Penn Nursing’s awesome nursing podcast.

Fun fact: Keith and Marion are both Philadelphia-area art school dropouts.

Connect with Marion: 


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Nurse KeithIn case you didn’t already know, Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com.
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