Design Thinking: An Innovative Process for Concept-Based Curriculum Creation

Design Thinking: An Innovative Process for Concept-Based Curriculum Creation

As a new director, facilitating the launch of a new program with a new curriculum, Dr. Kiersch reflects on his expertise in Design Thinking and its application to nursing curriculum design. Dr. Kiersch explores the key tenets of Design Thinking like ways to empathize with end-users, embrace a diversity of thought, and take calculated risks, and he identifies key strategies that help move the team through the curriculum design process. Along with a Doctorate in Health Innovation and Leadership, Kiersch holds a certificate in healthcare design, which has proven transferable to curriculum design. Dr. Kiersch explores strategies for team formation, rapid iteration, community building and will address essential topics like online learning, technology integration, collective leadership, governance, and more.


Cameron Kiersch, DNP, RN

Cameron Kiersch DNP, RN, holds a Doctor in Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership from the University of Minnesota and is the Director of the Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he has been a nurse educator since 2017. He holds 14 years of critical care nursing experience. His recent publication Collaborative Improvement Model: A Quality Improvement Approach to Curriculum Revision in Nurse Educator blends innovation with design in the pursuit of a forward-thinking curriculum. As an emerging nursing education scholar, Dr. Kiersch utilizes a systems-thinking approach to redesign curricula, which prepares future nurses to lead interprofessional teams in the pursuit of solving complex problems like climate change and health inequity. He is also an emerging scholar in the area of death, dying, and grief education. He has presented on this topic at Creative Health Care Management’s Relationship-Based Solutions for Today’s Health Care Challenges Symposium and The International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference. His Making Advance Directives Visual: Introducing Young Adults to Advance Care Planning with Video-recorded Advance Directives publication in Creative Nursing illustrates a passion for patient-centered and innovative approaches to advance care planning. Dr. Kiersch believes in the power of diversity and its ability to generate comprehensive solutions to our world’s most grand challenges, and he insists that nurses are at the forefront of this work.