Creativity: The Fuel of Innovation

Nurs Adm Q. Winter 1999;23(2):1-8. doi: 10.1097/00006216-199901000-00003.


Market-leveled changes occurring in the health care industry require new and creative models of organization, management, and service delivery. One of today's primary management challenges is the development of organizational cultures that value innovation, change, and creativity. The adoption of an ethic of innovativeness allows the organization to stretch the limits of individual and collective knowledge, skill, and ability to meet complex consumer needs. Creativity within organizations is influenced by management practices in conjunction with creativity-relevant work group skills. A common wisdom exists that professional nurses are creative in finding solutions for complex patient care needs. The expansion of this creativity within organizational systems will allow for the evolution of professional nursing practice, improvement in care delivery, and organizational performance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Creativity*
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Group Processes
  • Humans
  • Marketing of Health Services*
  • Nurse Administrators / organization & administration*
  • Nursing, Supervisory / organization & administration*
  • Organizational Culture
  • Problem Solving