Strengthening the Role of Nurses in Medical Device Development

J Prof Nurs. Jul-Aug 2016;32(4):300-5. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2016.01.002. Epub 2016 Jan 12.


Medical devices and innovative technology promise to revolutionize health care. Despite the importance of involving nurses in the collaborative medical device development processes, there are few learning opportunities in nursing programs. The purpose of this article is to provide a conceptual guide for nurse educators and researchers to engage nursing expertise in medical device development processes.

Method: A review of the literature guided the creation of the "Strengthening the Role of Nurses in Medical Device Development Roadmap" model. The model was used to describe how nurses can be engaged in multidisciplinary design of medical devices. An academic transdisciplinary team piloted the application of the model.

Results: The model includes the stages of needs assessment, planned brainstorm, feasibility determination, concept design, and prototype building. A transdisciplinary team case study of improving an asthma home-monitoring devices illustrates effective application of the model.

Conclusion: Nurse leaders in the academic setting can effectively use the "Strengthening the Role of Nurses in Medical Device Development Roadmap" to inform their engagement of nurses in early medical device development and innovation processes.

Keywords: Asthma; Equipment design; Index words; Interprofessional relations; Nursing theory; Technology.

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Equipment Design / methods*
  • Equipment and Supplies*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Inventions
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Nursing Theory